§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish of 12 February,Official Report, column 26, relating to arrangements for patients in Denton and Reddish, if he will make a statement on the implications for these arrangements of the proposed reforms of the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Freeman
Stockport and Tameside, in common with other district health authorities, will soon be making arrangements to discuss with general practitioners treating residents in their areas what future arrangements should be made for contracts for hospital treatment in a wide range of hospitals, including NHS trust hospitals, hospitals they manage themselves and those managed by other district health authorities. The reform of the National Health Service will provide for better treatment and better value for money leading to more treatment for more patients as the standards achieved by the best hospitals are rewarded by the flow of additional resources.