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Post-Operative Convalescence

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what changes have been made in policy or practice at departmental, regional or district level in relation to the provision on the National Health Service of convalescence after operations;(2) on what terms and under what conditions convalescence is available on the National Health Service after

(a) hysterectomies and (b) other operations.

Departmental policy remains that post-operative care should be available under the National Health Service for those patients for whom it is prescribed as medically necessary by a hospital consultant. The level and extent of provision of convalescence beds is a matter for local decision. Modern concepts of patient care and rehabilitation have resulted in a diminishing demand for convalescence in its traditional form.