Health Care Targets
Dr John Reid (Secretary of State, Department of Health; Hamilton North and Bellshill, Labour)
There is a distinct lack of equity in that situation. I assume the hon. Gentleman is referring to the Isle of Wight. I have no hesitation in saying that we have a mountain to climb in NHS dentistry. We have a huge challenge in respect of public health issues. Sexually transmitted diseases present us with a major challenge. All these things are true. I do not claim tonight that everything in the NHS is as it should be. I say to the House that things in the NHS are vastly improved over what they were six years ago, in every conceivable direction.