§ 35. Mr. Irvine
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of pilot projects on resource management in hospitals.
§ Mr. Mellor
The pilot projects will, in accordance with the agreement entered into by the joint sponsors of the initiative, the NHS management board and the joint consultants committee of the British Medical Association be evaluated fully in October 1989. Recently, interim progress reports have been produced by the various sites and organisations involved in the initiative. These reports indicate that good progress has been made, the commitment of local doctors and staff has been strong and parts of the approach can already usefully be recommended to other health authorities.