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NHS Trusts

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 16th October 1991.

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth , Belfast South 3:30 pm, 16th October 1991

While welcoming the improvements that have been announced, may I have an assurance that we shall not have a repetition of previous years in which hospitals which took in more patients discovered before the end of the financial year that they had to undertake redecoration schemes or find other ways of not treating other patients, because they did not have the money? In the knowledge that there are people here for Northern Ireland lobbying about low pay in the health service, will there be a statement in the House about hospital trusts for Northern Ireland, or will the House again be ignored by the Northern Ireland Office?