§ 12. Mr. Nicholas Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the progress of the review of the funding and organisation of the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Bennett
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that we on the Government Benches are looking for greater choice for patients in their selection of doctor, treatments and hospitals? We want also to see greater efficiency and value for money in the Health Service, through internal and external competition.
§ Mrs. Mahon
Will the Minister take on board the point that his policy, and that of the Government, of increasing competition has led to chaos in my health authority? Laundry is now having to be transported 90 miles to Grimsby and hospitals are regularly without clean linen.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
While welcoming my right hon. Friend's review, may I ask whether he is aware that many of us hope that he will pursue an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary approach to the problems? Many of us believe that we continue to have one of the best health services in the world and that the challenges we face are still largely of management rather than of funding.