Appointments, Charing Cross Hospital (Application Forms)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th July 1954.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 15th July 1954

asked the Minister of Health the outcome of his inquiries with the Board of Governors at Charing Cross Hospital concerning the requirements of applicants to fill up 45 copies of their qualifications.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I am informed that the number of copies of applications required in future is to be brought into line with practice elsewhere.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

I thank my right hon. Friend for the letter he has sent me, which was received after the Question was put down. Will he publish in HANSARD what action he took and the reason for it, and do his level best to reduce as much as possible the number of forms which have to be filled up throughout his Ministry?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

In reply to the last point, certainly. This custom has been going on for a very long time in Charing Cross. The reason for it, I understand, is that the hospital used to circulate these applications to all the consultant staff. There are obvious reasons against doing that, and the hospital, I am glad to say, has agreed to reduce the number of forms.