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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

My right hon. Friend has already made more resources available to the National Health Service this year, and next year about £1·1 billion extra will be made available out of the taxpayers' pocket. Next year, the average family will pay £1,600 to the National Health Service. That is a considerable amount. We are trying to see that full value for money is obtained from that.

There are vast differences in efficiency between hospitals and between the ways in which the money is used, and our duty is to get the best value for money out of the resources that go into the Health Service.