Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 24th February 1988.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North 4:44 pm, 24th February 1988

I cannot speak on behalf of the Tory Reform Group, but is my hon. Friend aware that when I visited the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham at the beginning of January, I went into the section dealing with cancer patients where I was shown two wards with 14 beds for cancer paitents which had been closed in the last year? When I wrote to the chairman of the regional health authority, he replied that, with the financial crisis facing the west midlands, there was no alternative. Does that not give the lie to those who argue that there is no crisis in the National Health Service?