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National Health Service (Private Contractors)

Volume 23: debated on Friday 14 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether his Department has issued any guidelines to local health authorities on contracting out ancillary services in the National Health Service to private firms.

We shall shortly be issuing guidance to district health authorities to assist them in making decisions about the contracting out to the private sector of hospital domestic, catering and laundry services.