HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 cc81-2W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the UK private healthcare sector will expand as a result of the NHS national plan. [133811]

Ms Stuart

We are unable to say what expansion there may or may not be in private health care. That is a matter for the private healthcare industry itself.

The National Health Service Plan indicates a closer working relationship between the two sectors. In some instances the private and voluntary healthcare sector can supplement NHS services and it makes sense to ensure this is undertaken effectively. That is why the NHS Plan outlines a change in the way the NHS and the private sector will work together.