Hospital Committees

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1951.

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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.

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

Seven hundred and fifty-one members of hospital management committees in England and Wales. The number for house committees is not available. Comparable figures in Scotland are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Lieut.-Commander Thompson:

Does the Minister consider that this ratio of loss of committee members is excessive in the circumstances?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

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?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

The regional boards appoint those committees.

Lieut.-Commander Thompson:

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.

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

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.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton

In view of these figures, is not the number of resignations very high?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

The members are appointed normally for three years; 751 out of 6,370 is not a high number.

Dr. Hill:

Does the figure for the resignations include those whose period of office came automatically to an end after three years?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

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.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

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?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

There is no intention—and it is not desirable—of perpetuating membership for ever among the same people. There must be some changes from time to time.

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Glasgow Kelvingrove

Could the Minister perhaps enjoin that view on his hon. Friend the Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman). His resignation would be a great help.

Lieut.-Commander Thompson:

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.

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

There was no summary removal. The member served his full term of office.

Lieut.-Commander Thompson:

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?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

If a wrong impression prevails, I hope that the hon. and gallant Member will do his best to correct it.