§ 3. Lieut.-Colonel Elliot
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give an assurance that the traditional Scottish system of hospital administration, under which the chief executive officer in a hospital is a medically-qualified person, will continue under the National Health Service; and whether he is satisfied that the terms and conditions of service presently applicable to medical superintendents are such as to ensure that a sufficient number of doctors of suitable quality and qualifications will apply for these appointments in the future.
There is no suggestion of altering the present Scottish practice, which is to employ medical superintendents for appropriate administrative duties in hospitals, rather than entrust such work to non-medical officers with the assistance of medical staff committees. Negotiations about the remuneration of these medical superintendents are in progress through the Whitley Council machinery.