HC Deb 12 April 1994 vol 241 cc19-20
Q6. Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the policies of Her Majesty's Government which have been assessed as the most popular in London.

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member will see the best of London local government if he looks at the outstanding services offered by Conservative boroughs throughout London.

Mr. Hughes

If the Prime Minister is unwilling to change his most popular policies, which have reduced his support from more than 45 per cent. to 26 per cent. in the capital, would he like to consider changing his least popular policies and not close hospitals such as Guy's which have now been shown to be part of a health service in which there is no surplus of beds, no surplus of resources and a huge amount of still unmet London-wide need?

The Prime Minister

What the hon. Gentleman either fails to understand or fails to mention is the fact that the changes in the hospital structure in London are mirrored by changes to primary health care that will deliver very dramatic improvements in primary health care for all Londoners. There is no doubt that that is necessary and that, as a result of these changes, Londoners will both deserve and receive the standards of health care that I believe they should have and that are enjoyed elsewhere.

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