HC Deb 10 May 1988 vol 133 cc143-4
20. Mr. Tony Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on Health Service spending in north-west regional and district health authorities.

Mr. Newton

Gross revenue expenditure has increased from £382.6 million in 1978–79 to £922.8million in 1986–87. That represents an increase of 24 per cent. in real terms.

During the same period gross expenditure of £277.3 million has also been incurred on completing 32 new capital schemes within the region. With the benefit of that funding record levels of patients have been treated.

Mr. Lloyd

Nevertheless, does the Minister not recognise that there is a history of the health of people in my region being worse than that of people in the more prosperous south-east and that that spending has done nothing to narrow the gap? When will the Government do something serious about the huge health disparities that exist in Britain?

Mr. Newton

I know of the hon. Gentleman's interest in this matter well enough to know that he is aware that the gap has narrowed. The north-west region is a so-called RAWP-gaining region and it has done substantially better than many others for precisely that reason.

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