§ 67. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Minister of Health what communication he has received from the Confederation of Health Service Employees regarding the working of overtime by mental hospital staff; what is the nature of his reply; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Vaughan-Morgan
The Confederation has informed me that it is banning overtime working by its nurse members in selected mental and mental deficiency hospitals as from 1st September. I regret this, but I am confident that, should it be carried out, the hospitals concerned will do everything possible to minimise its effect on the services provided for patients.