Area Health Authorities (Membership)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1976.

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Mr. Tom Ellis:

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many area health authorities in Wales when first constituted had no members of the nursing profession in their composition; and what is the present position.

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

The answer to the first part of the Question is "None". At present, the Clwyd Area Health Authority does not include someone with current nursing experience.

Mr. Ellis:

What was the argument which persuaded my hon. Friend in the first instance not to have representatives of the nursing profession on the Clwyd Area Health Authority?

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising the matter. All nominations for membership of the authority from the various organisations that were invited to nominate were considered very carefully, but at the end of the day, and taking into account all the circumstances, it seemed that the balance of membership which now obtains in Clwyd was the most appropriate. It includes someone with former nursing experience.

Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flint West

Will the hon. Gentleman take it from me that there is serious discontent in the ranks of the nursing profession about the absence of any representation on this authority?

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

The fact that the lady to whom the hon. Gentleman may well be referring was not included was no reflection whatsoever on her contribution. There is no statutory obligation to have a nursing member.