My right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Health and I have undertaken to reconsider this decision after an appropriate interval of time. We have fixed no date, and in deciding when to review we shall take into account the economic situation and any other relevant circumstances.
Is the Minister aware that, apart from the grave injustice of the previous decision, there is very great ill-feeling amongst these workers? If he may reconsider it, would he bear in mind the effect on the National Health Service of the ban on overtime by these workers? Is he aware that there are already signs that the ban is having grave effects, and that some nurses—poorly paid workers—had to wait for their salaries because of this ban?
I am not aware that any ill effects have yet been felt by patients as a result of the ban on overtime. Obviously, when the time does come for review every consideration will be looked at.