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District Health Authorities (Patients)

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will seek to amend the law so that district health authorities retain legal responsibility for the patients referred by them to non-National Health Service centres with whom they have contractual arrangements.

No. A patient treated under contractual arrangements remains a National Health Service patient and the health authority retains responsibility for ensuring that the treatment needed is received.