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Hospitals (Hotel Services)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will issue a circular to area health authorities advising them to engage private contractors for the hotel services of hospitals, such as catering, cleaning and portering.

No. As I indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, Central (Mr. Grant) on 5 November, it is for health authorities to decide in the light of local needs and circumstances how these services can best be provided.—[Vol. 973, c. 52.]