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Community Health Services

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now issue a circular to health authorities expanding his policy towards the development of community health complexes to integrate the delivery of health care by domiciliary community and hospital services and his flexible approach to the development of community hospitals within such local planning.

I am satisfied that existing guidance by my Department, together with a consultative circular on health centres and strategic planning advice recently sent to regional health authorities, adequately develops current policy in this field. I am sending relevant documents to my hon. Friend.