Regional Health Authorities

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1992.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley , City of York 12:00 am, 12th May 1992

It is odd that the Secretary of State makes no mention of the newly created regional outposts of the NHS management executive, which are assuming powers in relation to opted-out hospitals that were previously the province of regional health authorities. Unlike those authorities, regional outposts do not meet in public or have members who are accountable to the public, and they were not established by statute. Will the Secretary of State describe the role of the new regional outposts, explain what will be left for regional health authorities to do, and state whether there will be a statutory basis for the outposts-or will they be part of a secret, centralised, east European-style command economy for the national health service?