HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 c661W
40. Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will institute changes in the present arrangements for the deployment of nurses within the National Health Service hospitals so that matrons can be restored to their hospitals and ward sisters to their wards.

Mr. Moyle

I do not propose to initiate changes in the existing functional system of nurse management. Overall responsibility for the hospital and community nursing and midwifery services of a health district rest with the district nursing officer. The rôle of ward sisters has not changed, and they remain in charge of individual wards.