HC Deb 26 July 1983 vol 46 cc1027-8
3. Dr. Marek

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether gross spending on family practitioner services has risen more rapidly than on hospital and community services in the last four years.

Mr. Fowler

Between 1978–79 and 1982–83 spending on the family practitioner services rose by some 7 per cent. more in cash than spending on the hospital and community health services.

Dr. Marek

Does the Minister have any plans to institiute cash limits on family practitioner committees? If so, by what mechanism will he instigate that? Will the Minister give a categoric assurance that in that event doctors will not be prevented from giving the best possible prescription to patients?

Mr. Fowler

We shall always want to bear the hon. Gentleman's second point in mind. Question No. 6 deals with cash limits, and I must ask the hon. Gentleman to await my reply to that.

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