HC Deb 02 May 1980 vol 983 cc720-1W
Mr. John Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the full membership and terms of reference of the advisory group considering the future of London's hospitals, indicating when he expects to receive the group's report.

Dr. Vaughan

The terms of reference of the group areTo advise on matters relating to the development of health services and the restructuring of health authorities in London and on other matters as may be referred to it; and to report to the Secretary of State ".

I am pleased to announce that Sir John Habakkuk, principal of Jesus College, Oxford, has agreed to be chairman of the group.

The London advisory group needs to be comparatively small to work effectively

Mrs. B. F. R. Paterson Chairman, North West Thames RHA
Sir Harry Moore Chairman, North East Thames RHA
Sir John Donne Chairman, South East Thames RHA
The Rt. Hon. Baroness Robson of Kiddington. Chairman, South West Thames RHA
Sir Leslie Williams Chairman, Board of Governors, National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases
Dr. Malcolm Godfrey, F.R.C.P Chairman, Joint Medical Advisory Committee, University of London
Mr. J. R. Stewart Principal, University of London
Mr. Richard Brew Leader, Policy and Resources Committee, Greater London Council
Miss Winifred Frost, S.R.N., S.C.M Area Nursing Officer, Bedfordshire AHA
Dr. John D. Horder, F.R.C.P President, Royal College of General Practitioners
Professor Geoffrey Slaney, F.R.C.S Professor of Surgery, University of Birmingham
The Lord Wells-Pestell
Mrs. Angela Rumbold Councillor, Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames
Mr. Geoffrey Cockerill University Grants Committee
Mr. James Collier Deputy Secretary, DHSS
Dr. John Evans Deputy Chief Medical Officer, DHSS

Discussions are in hand with the Trades Union Congress about the nomination of an additional member to reflect trades union interests. Many of the major problems facing health services in London today have recently been studied by the London Health Planning Consortium. Currently it has several reports out for consultation, particularly on the pattern of acute and specialist hospital services and facilities for medical education. The Government want the new group to give advice on the reports. The London advisory group will also advise on the restructuring of the NHS in London.

The group will report whenever it has formulated advice on any particular topic. Progress will be reviewed and the continuing need for the group will be considered again in the middle of 1981.

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