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Hospital Equipment (Sales)

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what policy is pursued by his Department on the sale of hospital equipment which is no longer in use.

National Health Service equipment that is obsolete or surplus to an authority's requirements is normally circularised in the first instance within the NHS. If not disposed of in this way it may then be sold to non-NHS hospitals, local authorities or the Joint Mission Hospital Equipment Board, or, in the last resort, sold as scrap.