§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is aware of the concern recently expressed by nurses about the inadequacy of the pay, the depletion of the service, and falling off in recruitment, details of which are in his possession; what steps he intends to take to remedy these and other grievances; and if he will make a statement.79W
§ Mr. Crossman
Yes. A substantial pay claim, covering more than 300,000 nurses in over 100 grades in all parts of the National Health Service, is now before the Whitley Council and I have already indicated that my representatives there will play their due part in seeking an acceptable settlement. I am urgently considering what other grievances and demands I can help to meet.