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Hospital Staffs (Salaries)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1950.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire 12:00 am, 21st March 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he proposes to take to secure early removal of the existing anomalies whereby senior members of hospital staffs in Scotland, holding highly responsible positions, are being paid less than some of those occupying junior posts.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the dissatisfaction amongst sister tutors in Scottish hospitals regarding the failure to increase their salaries, although that of the student nurse was raised in 1948 and ward sisters in 1949; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

The salaries of nurses employed in the National Health Service are negotiated on the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council, which at present is dealing with a claim for increased salaries for senior hospital nurses, including sister tutors.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

Does that apply also to matrons and other personnel—for example, those in charge of laundries; and is the hon. Lady aware that in many cases people in authority are being paid much less than those serving under them?

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

The Whitley Council has been dealing from time to time with the salaries of the whole staffs of hospitals. Regarding those to which the Question refers, the staff side put forward their proposals in December of last year. I cannot say whether this applies to matrons, but if the hon. Member would put down a Question I will give him an answer.