HC Deb 09 July 1956 vol 556 cc15-6
8. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Health if he is satisfied with the machinery for reviewing the establishments of hospital consultants at each stage of the proceedings; what steps are taken to avoid unfairness and to pay regard to local conditions; and what action is taken by regional boards to find alternative employment for consultants declared redundant and to preserve their pension rights; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Turton

Yes, Sir. The hospital boards pay full regard to local conditions. In the rare case of redundancy a moral obligation rests on them to give the consultant the greatest possible assistance in finding another post. A consultant who considers that his appointment is being terminated unfairly has a right to have the board's decision reviewed by me.

Dame Irene Ward

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that statement, may I ask him if he accepts the findings of the Bradbeer Committee?

Mr. Turton

Certainly I have looked at the findings of the Bradbeer Committee, but I do not think I can give one answer fully covering that point. I think that this is one of the questions which the Committee did, in fact, examine.