HC Deb 12 June 1975 vol 893 c244W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will make a statement on the progress of discussions with the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association; and to what extent the dispute between members of the association and her Department is affecting the availability of operating facilities at Hillingdon Hospital.

Mrs. Castle

Since the exchange of letters with the association referred to in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) on 25th April—[Vol. 890, c.416–7]—there has been further correspondence, copies of which I am arranging to have placed in the Library. I regret that the association has not so far recommended that its members withdraw sanctions which can serve no useful purpose and can only be detrimental to the interests of patients.

I understand that at Hillingdon Hospital the dispute has resulted in an estimated reduction in the number of patients undergoing operations of 8 per cent. in the first three months of this year compared with the same period in 1974.

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