Doctors (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Health whether regional hospital boards and hospital management committees have been empowered to pay to hospital doctors the arrears of pay from 31st December, 1959, as recommended by the Pilkington Commission and accepted by him.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

Is the Minister aware that, according to a letter I have received from some hospital doctors, they have not yet received any payment at all of these arrears, but have been told that no instructions have been received from the Ministry? Am I to take it that the answer they have been given is incorrect and that it is the regional hospital board which is holding up the payment?

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

The Answer which I have given the hon. Lady is, to the best of my knowledge, correct.