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District Nurses And Midwives (Car Loans)

Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on his recent advice to health authorities concerning car loans for district nurses and midwives.

Health authorities have been asked, when considering requests for discretionary loans for car purchase, to take into account the availability to applicants of loans on reasonable terms from non-National Health Service sources, several of which have indicated their willingness to lend to NHS staff on special terms. As existing loans are repaid a substantial proportion of the £11·5 million currently involved should be spent on services to patients, rather than used to grant new loans.