HC Deb 03 April 1981 vol 2 cc156-7W
Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made with the setting up of the Clinicair scheme; and how much revenue he estimates will be generated by the scheme for the National Health Service.

Dr. Vaughan

This scheme was launched by British Airways and American Medical (Europe) Limited in November and I understand that they have been concentrating since then on promoting it widely in this country and overseas. Patients will be admitted to hospitals run by American Medical (Europe) Limited. There will, therefore, be no direct financial benefit to the NHS, but as explained in my letter of 3 February to the hon. Member there should be very real benefits to this country, not least through valuable foreign exchange earnings.