Pay Beds

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th June 1979.

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Photo of Mr Roland Moyle Mr Roland Moyle , Lewisham East 12:00 am, 26th June 1979

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Opposition will oppose his plans for abolishing the NHS boards on the ground that a health service should be provided on the basis of medical priority and not on the power of the purse? Is he also aware that decisions on pay beds should be taken nationally, and that we oppose the idea that the matter should be left to local decision? What the right hon. Gentleman is trying to do is to force on reluctant area health authorities the courage of his convictions.