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Health Service (Collaboration)

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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17.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on collaboration between the National Health Service and the private sector.

Our policy is to encourage collaboration between the National Health Service and the independent sector. We expect all district health authorities to consider the opportunity for co-operative ventures as part of their regular reviews of performance.

27.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how collaboration between the National Health Service and the private sector affects services to patients.

Cost-effective collaboration releases National Health Service resources for further improvement to health services for all. We expect district health authorities to consider the opportunity for co-operative ventures as part of their regular reviews of performance.