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 John Cronin Mr John Cronin , Loughborough 12:00 am, 11th October 1976

Will my right hon. Friend understand that I regard it as utterly deplorable that industrial action should be used by consultants, doctors or any other health employees for the purpose of dealing with matters concerning the welfare of patients? Will he at the same time bear in mind that before Dr. Lawlor made any complaints about ill-treatment of his patients on this particular occasion, a request for an inquiry had been made by the nursing staff on account of unpleasant and unco-operative behaviour, on account of unreasonable interference with nursing administration, and also on account of attempts to intimidate members of CoHSE and to induce them to join some other union? Will my right hon. Friend not agree, bearing in mind those circumstances, that this strike or industrial action, however ill-advised, was certainly provoked?