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Hospital Wards

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals have been made by his Department to create mixed wards in National Health Service hospitals; what discussions have been held with regional or area health authorities on such a controversial matter; and what steps he intends to take to ensure full public participation in the debate on this delicate subject.

No such central proposals have been made, apart from guidance on the design of wards to facilitate flexibility in use. There have been no discussions with health authorities on this subject and I regard the use of mixed wards as a matter to be dealt with locally. It is open to community health councils, who represent the interests in the health service of the public in their districts, to raise the matter as appropriate with their area health authorities.