Lieut.-Commander R. H. Thompson:
asked the Minister of Health how many persons have resigned from, or for other reasons ceased to serve on, hospital group management committees and on hospital house committees respectively, in the United Kingdom during the year 1950.
Do these figures include the members of group management committees removed by the Southwest Metropolitan Regional Board in its attempt to assert its will on its subordinate management committees?
asked the Minister of Health what is the number of persons serving on hospital group management committees and on hospital house committees in the United Kingdom at the last convenient date.
The number of seats on hospital management committees in England and Wales filled on 31st March, 1951, was 6,370. The actual number of serving members was somewhat less, as many were members of more than one committee. The figures for house committees are not available. Comparable figures for Scotland are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.
The previous Question that I was asked was how many resigned from, or for other reasons ceased to serve on, hospital group management committees and hospital house committees.
Could my right hon. Friend find some means of persuading hon. Members opposite that in spite of recent evidence to the House to the contrary, resignations are not always justified?
asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement on the summary removal of Mr. Melbourne Davis from the Croydon Hospital Management Committee, and from the acting-chairmanship of the Mayday Hospital House Committee.
Is the Minister aware that such is not the impression? Is he further aware that this gentleman, after 30 years devoted service to hospitals, ought not to be removed in this summary manner, in view of the great public disquiet which has been aroused about the method and manner of his removal?