HC Deb 18 February 1975 vol 886 c339W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she is aware that, due to the shortage of theatre technicians at Hillingdon Hospital, only two out of the six theatres are in use at any one time; and what action she proposes to take to remedy this situation.

Dr. Owen

Two out of the theatres regularly in use cannot be used temporarily because of the shortage of staff. Of the establishment of 15 operating theatre assistants and orderlies, 11½ are at present in post, but two are on sick leave. This difficulty has been aggravated by an unusually high staff turnover. Two new staff under training are due to take up employment soon and it is hoped to aid recruitment by organising the training programme on an area basis.

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