§ Miss Bacon
asked the Minister of Health if he will give the composition of the Staff Side of the nurses and midwives Whitley Council, according to the type of hospitals in which they work, and the nursing grades to which they belong.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
Under the constitution of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council the Staff Side of the Council is composed as follows:
Organisation No. of representatives Association of Hospital Matrons 2 Association of Supervisors of Mid-wives 1 Confederation of Health Services Employees 4 Association of Hospital and Welfare Administrators 1 National and Local Government Officers' Association 4 National Union of General and Municipal Workers 3 National Union of Public Employees 4 Royal College of Midwives 6 Royal College of Nursing 12 Scottish Matrons' Association 1 Scottish Health Visitors' Association 1 Women Public Health Officers' Association 2 41
I am not aware of the professional status of the individual members of the Staff Side although I understand that a number of them are serving nurses. The composition of the Staff Side is a matter for the Staff Side itself and the members are appointed by the organisations they represent.