Consultants and Specialists

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

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Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Health if he will give recognition to the Council of Regional Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association as being representative of the majority of consultants and specialists in the National Health Service; and if he will consult with the medical profession in order to secure a review of the constitution of the staff side of the Whitley Committee B to give a fairer balance between teaching and regional hospital representatives.

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

No, Sir. As regards the second part of the Question, this is a matter for the staff side concerned.

Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West

Is the Minister aware that 85 per cent. of the consultant specialists are working with regional hospitals, and not in teaching hospitals, and that 90 per cent. of the clinical work is being done by these consultant specialists in the regions? Why should not they have their proper place on all committees, including the Whitley Committee?

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

I am aware of the facts which the hon. Member mentions, but I am satisfied that the Joint Consultants' Committee adequately represents these consultants.