The committee which produced this report first met on 8 December 1971 and held a total of seventeen meetings. In the report the committee has‘tried to take account of the emotional and social needs of patients, together with aspects of the work of the hospital that most clearly affect their comfort and wellbeing’. Only a selection of the committee's recommendations are included in this summary report. The complete text is available from H.M.S.O., London, price £1.35 net.