National Health Service Employees (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Miss Mervyn Pike Miss Mervyn Pike , Melton 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Health how wage or salary increases of those working in the National Health Service, which have either been negotiated or are being negotiated, will be affected by the Government's recent financial measures.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

Where agreements had been reached in the Whitley Councils but not implemented on or before 20th July, their implementation will be deferred in accordance with the White Paper on the Prices and Incomes Standstill. Where negotiations were still in progress, I will expect them to be conducted by the Whitley Councils in the light of the more stringent criteria foreshadowed in the White Paper.

Photo of Miss Mervyn Pike Miss Mervyn Pike , Melton

Does the Minister recognise that these people would find it much easier to accept the necessity for this sacrifice if the Government would give up their obstinate adherence to the principle of universality, which is undermining so much financial confidence, lack of which is causing the problem at the present time?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

The hon. Lady may be interested to know that when I met the chairmen of the staff sides of the Whitley Councils in order to tell them of the Government's policy, this point was not raised by any of those present, all of whom accepted the regrettable necessity for this policy.