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Health (Regional And Social Disparities)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he is taking to alter the wide disparities that exist between the health of people in different classes and in different parts of the United Kingdom.

My right hon. Friend is responsible for the health services in England. Resource allocations to regional health authorities are based on an assessment, under the resource allocation working party formula, of relative health care need. The allocations for 1980–81 continue the process of redistribution begun by the previous Administration in favour of the most needy regions.