The Backbench Business Committee held a debate in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 6 September 2012 on community hospitals. Dr Sarah Wollaston applied to the Backbench Business Committee to request this debate.
The motion to be debated was:
That this House recognises and supports the contribution of community hospitals to the care of patients within the National Health Service; requests the Secretary of State for Health to commission a comprehensive database of community hospitals, their ownership and current roles; and believes that the assets of community hospitals should remain for the benefit of their community while allowing them greater freedom to explore different ownership models.
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Backbench Business Committee
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