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Area Health Authorities

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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45.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the manner in which area health authorities allocate funds to the districts comprised within the area health authorities.

54.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what statutory powers of oversight he has of the manner in which area health authorities allocate funds to health districts, including additional funds resulting from the application of the Resource Allocation Working Party formula.

There are no express powers in the National Health Service Act 1977 providing for the oversight of the allocation of resources to area health authorities, and the monitoring of the way in which area health authorities allocate resources to their districts is exercised on my right hon. Friend's behalf by regional health authorities.

61.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that area health authorities are not preserving jobs in administration and placing the burden of economies upon the sick.

I have asked authorities having to make cuts to look first to headquarters staff and administrative services that do not contribute directly to the welfare of patients. I hope that authorities will make renewed efforts to meet our wishes.