Health Authorities

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th February 1990.

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Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths , Bridgend 12:00 am, 19th February 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to meet the chairman of the Welsh health authorities; and what matters will be discussed.

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff Central

The date and agenda for the next meeting have not yet been determined.

Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths , Bridgend

The Minister is aware of my concern that Dr. Joan Williams and Mr. David Else, who are employees of Mid Glamorgan health authority and shareholders and company directors of Medical Diagnostics Limited, and Dr. Stephanie Matthews and Dr. Keith Davies, who are employees of South Glamorgan health authority and shareholders and directors of Lifecare Advanced Medical Limited, have serious direct conflicts of interest between the income-generating work in the Health Service and their involvement in private companies. Will the Minister issue guidelines for the chairmen of Welsh health authorities making it clear that such activities fall well beyond the scope of acceptable private practice and will not be allowed in future?

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff Central

Health authorities, as employers, are responsible for ensuring that their employees' private interests do not conflict with those of the authorities. We are considering whether further guidance is needed to guard against the risk of conflict.

Photo of Mr Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Ceredigion and Pembroke North

Will the Minister meet representatives of local authorities in mid-Wales, as many of them are keen to establish a Mid Wales health authority based on Bronglais hospital, Aberystwyth?

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff Central

I know of the hon. Gentleman's concern for his local hospital, but I believe that he has been taken in by people who have raised unnecessary scares about it. East Dyfed health authority does a first-rate job.