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Volume 205: debated on Friday 13 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines or restrictions exist covering the charging by health authorities and health trusts for the use of television by patients; and if he will make a statement.

Provision of communal television sets is a matter left to the discretion of individual trusts and health authorities. Charging is considered appropriate to meet the reasonable cost involved where patients wish to have a TV facility for their own personal use.