§ Mr. Channon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress she is making in increasing the health funds available in areas which are underfunded; and what are her proposals for improving the situation in Southend during the next three years.
§ Mr. Sackville
One of the most important aspects of the reforms of the national health service is the progress we have made in distributing resources fairly to regional health authorities who have previously been underfunded. It is for them to do the same for district health authorities who have not had a fair share of NHS funds taking account of their resident populations and particular local characteristics and circumstances.
The allocation of funds to South Essex health authority is the responsibility of North East Thames regional health authority, and the hon. Member may wish to contact Sir William Staveley, the chairman, for details.