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Health Authorities (Beds)

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will request health authorities to cease the practice of double use of beds; and if he will make a statement.

The way in which health authorities plan the use of their beds is a matter for them, but they must ensure that intensive use of beds does not adversely affect the quality of care provided for the patients concerned.