Self-governing Hospitals

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1990.

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Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West 12:00 am, 18th December 1990

I spent a large part of yesterday at the Royal Free hospital, where I met many people—doctors, nurses and health service workers—who are strongly in favour of the changes. They may all have been passionate Thatcherites, but I am not sure that they were. Some may even have voted for the Labour party. I think that the hon. Gentleman will find that there is growing support. One should consider the hon. Gentleman's area, where the National Union of Public Employees sent out 2,700 ballot forms. Four hundred came back and 100 were actually in favour of the trust—I suppose that they went to the wrong people. It is really not very serious.