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National Health Service

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Prime Minister what representations she has received about the state of the National Health Service; if she will list those members of the medical profession who have made such representations directly to her; what her response has been; and if she will make a statement.

I have received a number of such representations, including from members of the medical profession. I have pointed out that the resources for the Health Service have increased substantially since 1979, and the amount of care we have been able to provide through the Health Service has also risen. We shall continue to seek the most cost-effective use of National Health Service resources so that the maximum number of patients can be treated.