HC Deb 25 May 1976 vol 912 c97W
14 Mr. Brittan

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals he has for amending the contract of service for NHS consultants.

Mr. Ennals

In April 1975 my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State agreed in principle to negotiate with the professions about a number of improvements in the consultants contract. Agreement on some of these matters was reached before the introduction of the counter-inflation policy in July 1975 prevented conclusion of further agreements for the time being, but within this limitation we are prepared to discuss the principles underlying the others.

35. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many part-time consultants in the National Health Service have a maximum part-time contract.

Mr. Ennals

I would refer the hon. Member to my hon. Friend's reply to him on 10th May.—[Vol. 911, c.75–6.]

47. Mr. Peter Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hours on average he estimates that maximum part-time consultants devote to the National Health Service.

Dr. Owen

I do not have sufficient reliable information to enable me to make an accurate estimate. Figures prepared in the autumn of 1974 suggested that maximum part-time consultants then devoted an average of about 55 hours a week to the NHS, including time spent travelling while on duty. That is the best estimate available, but I cannot say how accurate it was at the time or how well it reflects present working patterns.

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