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Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to rebut allegations that he has plans to privatise aspects of the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.

The White Paper "Working for Patients" clearly states that the Government have no plans to privatise the National Health Service. We support a Health Service which is open to all, regardless of income, and financed mainly from general taxation. The aim of all our reforms is to raise the performance of all parts of the NHS nearer to that of the best.