NHS Staff (Attacks)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 November 1997.

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Photo of Mrs Virginia Bottomley Mrs Virginia Bottomley Conservative, South West Surrey 12:00, 11 November 1997

The right hon. Gentleman may be aware that many NHS non-executives fear that they are being attacked by the Secretary of State. There is a large number of outstanding appointments. The system was essentially endorsed after exhaustive examination by Lord Nolan. If the right hon. Gentleman discusses the matter with his noble Friends Baronesses Dean, Jay and Hayman—and many others in this place who served on trusts—he will discover that they are very worried that he will exceed the actions of one of his predecessors who vindictively dismissed 150 appointees when he came to power. Will the right hon. Gentleman state that he has no intention of attacking those NHS non-executives who have done so much for the health service?