National Health Service

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 6:17 pm on 21st January 1997.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 6:17 pm, 21st January 1997

Will my hon. Friend confirm that the Labour party's approach of seeking to cut the health service goes back a little further? The first financial crisis in the health service was in 1949—a year after it was started—when the then Labour Cabinet said that, as the health service had been in operation for a year, the population should be healthier, so the money going into the health service could be cut.