Hospital and Community Health Services


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Hospital and Community Health Services

A blanket term for the services that the UK Department of Health provides, which are mainly commissioned by Health Authorities and provided by NHS trusts. HCHS provision is discretionary and also includes funding for those elements of family health services spending which are discretionary (termed general medical services discretionary expenditure). It also covers related activities such as R&D, and education and training purchased centrally from central budgets.
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