NHS (Rationing) — 18 Jan 1999

I beg to move,

That this House recognises that rationing has always been a part of how the Health Service manages health care resources; expresses its dismay at the comments of the Right honourable Member for Dulwich and West Norwood denying the obvious fact that rationing exists in the Health Service; expresses grave concern at the proposed changes to be effected by Her Majesty's Government, which through bureaucratic bodies such as a National Institute for Clinical Excellence and a Commission for Health Improvement will force clinicians to carry the burden on rationing decisions; recognises that the availability of modern drugs for conditions such as schizophrenia and MS makes clear the reality of rationing in today's Health Service; recognises the fact that waiting lists are a hidden form of rationing; notes that excessive political concentration upon waiting lists has been largely responsible for the continuing winter crisis in the Health Service, over which Her Majesty's Government appears wholly complacent and unconcerned; and urges Her Majesty's Government to acknowledge the concerns of professional bodies such as the BMA over rationing and embark upon a mature debate on the future of the Health Service.

I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:

"reaffirms the historic principles of the NHS, that if people are ill or injured there will be a national health service there to help, and access to it will be based on need and need alone, not on ability to

Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question:--

The House divided: Ayes 169, Noes 336.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 136 (+2 tell)085.2%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab335 (+2 tell) 0080.8%
LDem0 30065.2%
PC0 1025.0%
SNP0 1016.7%
UUP0 1010.0%
Total:336 169078.8%

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