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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 Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West 3:30 pm, 16th October 1991

I shall have to ask my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about that. I know that there will be at least one applicant for trust status. It is a great hospital in Northern Ireland and I know people who work in that hospital.

The hon. Gentleman referred to the age-old problem of running up against budgetary controls three quarters of the way through the year. Our reforms aim to make the money follow the patients in order to do away with that problem. After six months, I cannot say that we have yet rid ourselves fully of that problem—we have not—but the whole purpose of our reforms is to move away from that problem so that, when the patients come to the hospitals, the money is automatically there to make their treatment available.