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Salloden Clinic, Leeds

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the licence for the Salloden clinic, Leeds, has been granted for six months instead of one year; whether any other private clinics in England and Wales have had the period of their licence reduced; and for what reasons.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to approval under section 1(3) of the Abortion Act of the Salloden private nursing home, Leeds. This nursing home was granted approval for only six months because it was found not to be complying with all the assurances on the conduct of nursing homes required by my right hon. Friend as a condition of approval. The care of patients is not, however, in doubt. In previous years other private nursing homes have been granted approval for limited periods for incomplete compliance with these assurances.