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Burials

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the arrangements for burials or cremations of patients who die in National Health Service hospitals who have no personal resources, whose relatives cannot be traced or whose relatives cannot afford the costs of burial.

My Department has asked health authorities to arrange and pay for the burial or cremation of patients who die in National Health Service hospitals in these circumstances. I am not aware of any difficulties having arisen and I am satisfied with these arrangements.