NHS Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 9th February 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 12:31 pm, 9th February 2005

I am of course grateful to the Secretary of State for advance sight—a typically generous 30 minutes—of the statement. It consisted of 25 paragraphs but he could have said it in one, because in fact, there is no extra money when compared with known planned NHS expenditure through to 2007–08. This is simply an attempt by the Secretary of State to divide the cake differently and—surprise, surprise—there is an election coming, so we are to have "spearhead" primary care trusts. [Interruption.] I wonder whether those trusts are located in the Labour-held seats that the Government are worried about.

One pity—[Interruption.]