HC Deb 13 May 1982 vol 23 c305W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in which way changes in Health Service organisation will enable him to remedy the relative weakness of hospital management; and what methods he envisages will result in the new authorities being better informed, more responsive and better to judge and deal with local needs while at the same time reducing management costs.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

By establishing health authorities at a sufficiently local level for members effectively to judge the needs of the populations they serve and the performance of their officers, we are paving the way for management changes which can achieve the improvements described.