HC Deb 12 March 1956 vol 550 cc5-6
10. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health if he will instruct his representatives on the Medical Whitley Council to consider the question of remuneration of medical superintendents of mental hospitals, with particular reference to the provision of free accommodation, or its monetary equivalent, over and above the consultant salary attaching to the post.

Mr. Turton

I am at present examining the recommendations that have been made to me on this subject.

Mr. Robinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that, in addition to their clinical duties, medical superintendents have administrative duties and heavy statutory responsibilities for which they receive no additional remuneration? Does he not agree that it is essential that we should get the very best psychiatrists into these posts and that some inducement should be put forward in order that that should happen?

Mr. Turton

Three committees have recently been examining this position, the Bradbeer Committee, the Standing Mental Health Advisory Committee and the Guillebaud Committee, and I should like a little more time very carefully to consider the wise recommendations they have made.