HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 c76
43. Mr. Raphael Tuck

asked the Minister of Health how many qualified State-registered medical laboratory technicians have been declared redundant by their hospital management committees over the last three years.

Mr. K. Robinson

My Department is normally notified only when redundancy payments are made; there is no record of payments in respect of medical laboratory technicians.

Mr. Tuck

Does my hon. Friend accept the fact that there have been redundancies, and how can he reconcile this with the fact that whenever there is curtailment of service to the public, the excuse always is that there is a shortage of skilled medical laboratory staff?

Mr. Robinson

I can assure my hon. Friend that I understand that there have not been redundancies in this grade. I understand that there is a laboratory in his constituency which is shortly to be closed and that the future of one registered technician is under consideration by the hospital authority.