NHS Trusts: Appointments

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:23 pm on 16th March 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative 3:23 pm, 16th March 2000

My Lords, is the Minister aware that about six months after the present Government came to power I asked a Question and was informed that about 15 Conservative and well over 100 Labour councillors had been appointed? As to the appointments procedure, can the Minister say whether there is still an obligation to interview all those who certify themselves as disabled? Is he aware that I sat on an interviewing panel which came to the unanimous view that some of those who had certified themselves as disabled were not disabled? How does the Minister suggest that a more objective assessment can be made of those who are entitled to claim an interview as of right because of a supposed disability?