Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th January 1988.

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Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 14th January 1988

I obviously confirm what my hon. Friend has said. The purpose of the National Health Service is to bring more care to the patient. We are enabling treatments to be brought to the patient which were not available some years ago. We all regret any strikes. They are strikes at the expense of the patients, and I hope they will be condemned on both sides of the House.