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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1989.

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Photo of Mr David Mellor Mr David Mellor , Putney 12:00 am, 21st February 1989

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Competitive tendering has been a significant factor in enabling the National Health Service to treat a greatly expanded number of patients more efficiently. Once again, it is a sign of the double-talk of the Opposition that, although claiming to represent the interests of patients, they actually uphold the stranglehold of the cartel that NUPE and COHSE used to exercise over the NHS, but do no longer.