§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health into which hospitals he plans to introduce resource management initiatives; what are the provisional dates for this; and what consultancy firms will undertake the work.
§ Mr. Freeman
Future plans on the resource management initiatives were set out in the White Paper, "Working for Patients". It is planned to extend the RMI to the 260 main acute hospitals in England over a phased period starting with 20 sites in 1989–90. A decision on the first tranche of hospitals will be made shortly. Decisions on which consultancy firms to employ will be principally the responsibility of health authorities.