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National Health Service (Privatisation)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made with his plans to introduce measures of privatisation into the National Health Service.

Between 1980–81 and 1981–82 the use of outside contractors for support services by health authorities increased from £135 million to £159 million and for contractual arrangements for patient care the increase was from £28·5 million to £31·8 million. I expect a further increase in these figures in the current year.