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Surgical Dressing Packs

Volume 934: debated on Wednesday 29 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he will take to stop the subsidy paid to Park-fields for surgical dressing packs by the West Midlands Regional Health Authority; and what he is doing to bring new rehabilitation work to patients in St. Wulstan's, now without their production work on surgical dressing pads.

Parkfields is a manufacturing unit built and managed by the West Midlands Regional Health Authority with a view to the efficient and economical production of standard sterile supplies. The unit opened last November and when production reaches full capacity it is expected to cover its running costs and there should be no need for a subsidy. The authority has offered area health authorities help in finding alternative work for patients in rehabilitation units, and the Hereford and Worcester Area Health Authority has taken up this offer in respect of St. Wulstan's.