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Community Hospitals

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many community hospitals are at present operating and how many beds they provide overall.

Statistics collected by my Department do not at present separately identify community hospitals, the concept of which has recently been expanded in strategic planning guidance to health authorities. Details of smaller hospitals fulfilling the function of community hospitals will in future be notified to my Department as part of the National Health Service planning system.