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New Towns

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what special allowance is made for the new towns in the allocation of resources for the health services.

The resources made available for the health services in England reflect the need to improve health services generally and the national economic constraints, and no specific allowance is made for new towns. Allocations made to health regions year by year reflect their changing populations and health care needs, and are deployed having regard to national and local policies and priorities, including the relative priorities to be given to projects to remedy absolute and major gaps in services. The bases of allocation to health authorities are kept under review to improve their response to relative health care needs.