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Patients (North-East)

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients were treated in (a) Hartlepool general hospital, (b) Sunderland general hospital, (c) Sunderland royal infirmary and (d) Dryburn hospital, Durham during the years 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1985–86.

The information requested is given in the table.Hartlepool health authority,

(b) Sunderland health authority and (c) Durham district health authority during the years 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1985–86.

The information requested is given in the table.AIDS, in the light of the proposals put forward by the Christian Medical Fellowship, a copy of which has been sent to him.

I am aware of the fellowship's leaflet "Ten proposals on AIDS". The Government consider AIDS a most serious threat to health and have given priority to the development of a flexible and responsive strategy to meet the growing challenge of this new disease. It comprises four parts:

public health measures, such as screening blood donations and a system of monitoring the spread of AIDS and HIV; public education, so that people can learn how to avoid HIV;
research into vaccines against HIV infection and anti-viral therapies for those who are infected; and
development of services for those with AIDS or HIV infection.

As my right hon. Friend made clear when he addressed the United Nations general assembly on 20 October, we are also laying stress on the need for international cooperation in this field.