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Family Practitioner Committees

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he proposes to issue a directive that the five area health authorities end the situation which has existed since 1974 of amalgamating aspects of the work of family practitioner committees under the Brent and Harrow family practitioner committee.

The secretariat of the Enfield and Haringey family practitioner committee has recently been moved from the Brent and Harrow premises to its own area, separate secretariats have been established at the premises for the other family practitioner committees, and progress is being made with various other measures to enable all the family practitioner committees to comply with statutory administration and to raise staff morale. In the circumstances, I do not think it would be useful for my right hon. Friend to issue a directive of the kind described by my hon. Friend.