HC Deb 06 July 1971 vol 820 cc323-4W
Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the system of appointment for consultants in National Health Service practice whereby the number of hours worked is only agreed after an appointment has been made; and if he will make; a statement.

Mr. Alison

We would expect an assessment of the time required to be made before a post is advertised. The option for a whole-time or a maximum part-time contract is normally exercised after appointment but in either case the consultant is expected to devote substantially the whole of his time to the National Health Service.