HC Deb 02 May 1950 vol 474 cc170-1W
13. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland on what grounds the regional hospital boards have been instructed to increase the charges for board, lodging and laundry provided in hospital for medical, administrative, clerical and technical staffs and medical auxiliaries; and whether he is aware that in the case of Stracathro Hospital, Angus, the new charges represent an increase of about a 100 per cent. on those in operation prior to 1st April.

Miss Herbison

The regional hospital boards found that substantial anomalies existed, both between the charges at different hospitals and between the charge for different groups of staff at the same hospital. Accordingly for groups for which no standard scales had been fixed by Whitley Councils the regional boards themselves jointly drew up standard scales which are in some cases higher than those previously in operation. Charges to particular individuals have, however, been raised only where other conditions of service have also been revised, or where accommodation is occupied not as a condition of service but for personal convenience.

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