HC Deb 21 January 1954 vol 522 c1172
4. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Health the number of hospitals in Wales where the custom of the local authorities to issue annually a uniform suit in addition to white coats was ended on the introduction of the National Health Scheme; and whether he will restore this privilege to the workers concerned.

Mr. Iain Macleod

As far as I know, only one hospital is involved. I am looking into the circumstances and will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Thomas

Is the Minister aware that the staff of this hospital feel keenly, because they were assured that they would not suffer as a result of the passing of the National Health Act, and that if the Minister will be sympathetic in his consideration I, at least, shall be very grateful?

Mr. Macleod

It is fair to observe that this decision of the hospital management committee took place in 1951, and that it is a matter normally within the discretion of the hospital management committee, but I will look into it.