Normansfield Hospital

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th October 1976.

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Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Brent South 12:00 am, 11th October 1976

Will my right hon. Friend convey to the HCSA and any other organisation that, whatever the cause and whatever their feelings may be, when they take industrial action it does not act against the Government or against other members of the staff or ancillary workers but can act only against the patients? Will he do something in his Department to see that this kind of development, which has arisen not only among doctors but among other sections of National Health Service staff—they all seem to he using industrial action repeatedly as a stick with which to beat the Government—is recognised as only denial, in the end, of their own humanitarian responsibilities?