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Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent facilities for post-illness and postoperative convalescence are provided under the National Health Service.

In recent years there has been a considerable reduction in the traditional form of convalescence. Within the National Health Service, post-illness and post-operative convalescence forms part of normal total medical care and patients are not now sent to special convalescence homes unless there are particular reasons for this. District health authorities are not required to notify the Department of any such arrangements they may make.