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National Health Service (Departmental Circulars)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service circulars were issued by his Department in the year up to 31 May 1982; and how this compares with the year ended 31 May 1979.

Records of health communications issued to the NHS are based on a year beginning from the time this Government took office. The number of multi-disciplinary and single discipline communications issued in 1981–82 was 363, of which 19 were health circulars. This compares with 880 issued in 1978–79–34 circulars—and is a reflection of the Government's continuing success in reducing health communications to the minimum necessary for the efficient conduct of business.