HC Deb 24 November 1987 vol 123 c166W
53. Mr. Gerald Bowden

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made in the cost improvement programme in the South-East Thames region.

Mrs. Currie

South-East Thames regional health authority and its constituent districts have made cost improvement savings worth nearly £41 million in the last three financial years and plan savings worth over £17 million in the current financial year. These savings are retained within the region and are used for patient care.