HC Deb 20 June 1966 vol 730 c25
42. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health if he will conduct all future negotiations concerning hospital doctors of all grades with the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee of the British Medical Association instead of with the Joint Consultants Committee.

Mr. K. Robinson

No, Sir. The Joint Consultants Committee and the Staff Side of Committee B of the Medical and (Hospital) Dental Whitley Council represent the profession in negotiations on behalf of hospital doctors and I have no grounds for believing that a change is desired.

Mr. Pavitt

Would my right hon. Friend look at that again, in view of the recent discontent of the junior hospital doctors with the Report of the Joint Consultants Committee, in order that we might get more adequate representation of the hospital side?

Mr. Robinson

As my hon. Friend knows, it is for the profession and not for me to decide who should represent it in negotiations. In the current negotiations on implementing the Review Body's recommendations, the Joint Committee's representatives have included a representative of the junior staff.

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