HC Deb 04 May 1959 vol 605 cc15-6
18. Mr. Cronin

asked the Minister of Health if he will put in hand measures to enable regional hospital boards, where consultants' appointments have been terminated through no fault of their own, to re-employ these consultants in other posts without the necessity of their applying for them in competition through advertisements.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I am considering an amendment of the National Health Service (Appointment of Specialists) Regulations, 1950, with this point in mind.

Mr. Cronin

Does this not need careful consideration? Is it not the case that under the present regime, with the advances in medical science and changes in local population, there may be considerable necessity to redeploy consultants and that therefore flexibility is desirable?

Mr. Walker-Smith

That is quite true. With the advancing, changing techniques it is desirable to try to have a flexible system.