HC Deb 26 November 1956 vol 561 cc16-7W
96. Mr. C. Hughes

asked the Minister of Health the circumstances in which a candidate, without any experience in hospital administration, was appointed to the post of secretary to the Pwllheli, Portmadoc, and Ffestiniog sub-group of hospitals.

97. Mr. G. Roberts

asked the Minister of Health what representations he has received from the staff side secretary of the Whitley Council concerning the recent appointment of group secretary to the Pwllheli, Portmadoc, and Ffestiniog group of hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

My right hon. Friend has received representations on behalf of the Institute of Hospital Administrators and the National and Local Government Officers Association. The Hospital Management Committee made the appointment after interviewing a short-list of seven candidates, and the Regional Board, which made inquiries at his request, was satisfied that it did so in the belief that this was the best candidate. That being so my right hon. Friend does not feel justified in intervening; but hospital authorities in Wales have been reminded of his view that experience in hospital administration is an essential qualification for the post of hospital secretary.