National Health Service (Industrial Action)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1974.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn 12:00 am, 3rd July 1974

I have here the letter concerned from the area health authority from which the suggestion for compromise came. The area health authority believed that it would help in containing an increasingly tricky situation which seemed to endanger its capacity to meet the interests of its patients as a whole. All we told the area health authority was that if in its view this was the best way of safeguarding the interests of the patients, the authority should go ahead in the light of its judgment.