HC Deb 10 February 1986 vol 91 c631
10. Mr. Ron Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the level of funding to Mid-Glamorgan area health authority.

Mr. Mark Robinson

My right hon. Friend has received a number of written representations from residents of Mid-Glamorgan. We have also recently met the chairman of the health authority to discuss its financial position.

Mr. Davies

Does not the fact that there is real disquiet on the part of those involved in the Health Service in Mid-Glamorgan cause anxiety to the Minister? Does he accept that Wales has one of the lowest per capita expenditures on the National Health Service in Europe and that the 5.5 per cent. allocated to Mid-Glamorgan for 1986 is inadequate? Is he aware that we have the third longest waiting list for hospital admissions in the whole of the United Kingdom and that there is no prospect of an improvement in that situation until he and the Government start to change their policies?

Mr. Robinson

We are concerned about the situation in Mid-Glamorgan. That is why we are helping the health authority in its current difficulties. However, on the basis of the latest formula assessment, Mid-Glamorgan is shown to be funded at virtually the correct level.