HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 c229
11. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many nurses in the National Health Service in England and Wales have written contracts of service that give approval to doing work in private medical practice; and what is the average percentage of both.

Sir K. Joseph

This information is not readily available.

Mr. Eadie

is not such an answer most unsatisfactory, as there have been many discussions in the House about fees paid in relation to contracts split up by consultants? Will the Secretary of State give an assurance for the benefit of the House that he will look into the matter and let us have the information available so that the House can make some judgment or assessment?

Sir K. Joseph

No, Sir.

Dr. Summerskill

In view of the chronic shortage of nurses in the National Health Service, will the Secretary of State discourage nurses from entering private practice by encouraging adequate remuneration and good conditions of employment within the National Health Service?

Sir K. Joseph

I have done that.