§ Mr. Gunter
asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the allegations made by the secretary of the Doncaster branch of the British Medical Association, a copy of which has been sent to him, about the discourtesy and inefficiency of the Regional Hospital Board at Sheffield; how many members of the medical profession sit upon the regional board; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marquand
Yes. I have no evidence that the position in Doncaster is as has been suggested, nor that the rather vague allegations can be substantiated. I am satisfied that the Regional Hospital Board have treated such representations as the branch has made to them with courtesy and have given them proper consideration; and that, in the appointment of members of hospital management committees, who are not in any case appointed as representatives of particular interests, they have acted generally in accordance with my views. Nine members of the Board are medically qualified.