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Letters and circulars

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Circulars explain aspects of health and social care policy and regulation more fully. Many circulars are quasi-legislative and include a direction or requirement to take specific action. Letters provide key communication between DH and its NHS and social care audiences. Many circulars and letters include guidance on implementation of aspects of health and social care policy.

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Ordering publications

Contact details for obtaining hard-copy DH publications.

Help viewing PDFs

Useful tips to ensure you get the most from PDFs and the free Reader program. Topics covered include accessibility, troubleshooting and searching files.

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