§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards for the future of medical education and research will be introduced to coincide with the implementation of the National Health Service White Paper; and what will be the effect of the changes to the National Health Service on(a) multi-centre clinical trials and epidemiological studies and (b) rapid dissemination of research results in the service.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
My right hon. and learned Friend explained in a speech on 10 July to leading members of the medical academic community how we will safeguard medical education and research. We have placed copies in the Library. We do not believe that multi-centre clinical trials, epidemiological studies, or the dissemination of research results will in general be harmed by our plans for a more efficient Health Service.