HC Deb 22 February 1980 vol 979 cc588-9W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it remains his intention to provide alternative funding of the National Health Service by a changeover to an insurance basis system, when consumers' readiness to pay would increase directly as a result of their being able to realise clearly that their money was devoted io their health care.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

I believe that there are some features of insurance-based health systems which could with advantage be integrated into the National Health Service. Improved consumer awareness of individual contributions and of cost may be among these. However, any radical change in the basis of financing of the NHS must depend upon very careful study of all the advantages and disadvantages, and cannot be a short-term issue. I am continuing to examine the experience of other countries to see what lessons we can learn.

Location Bed capacity
Outside London
Alvaston Derby 104
Brighton Sussex 38
Crown Quay Lodge Sittingbourne, Kent 76
Fazakerley Liverpool 61
Glasgow Bishopbriggs, Glasgow 63
Leeds Leeds 96
Leicester Wigston, Leicester 100
Newbury Berkshire 80
Plawsworth Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham 112
Southampton Southampton 80
South Wales Bridgend, Mid-Glamorgan 64
Walkden Worsley, Manchester 84
West Midlands Stourbridge, Worcestershire 123
Winterbourne Bristol 112
Woodhouse Sheffield 96
Camberwell Peckham, SE15 550
Camden Birkenhead Street, WC1 35*
Cedars Lodge Cedars Road, SW4 70†
Bridge House Kingsdown Close, W10 120
Lancelot Andrewes House Great Guildford Street, Southwark, SE1 60
Pound Lodge Pound Lane, NW10 80
Spur House Ennersdale Road, SE13 150
West End House Dean Street, Soho, W1 80
Total 2,464
* Women.
† Men.

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