HC Deb 01 April 1981 vol 2 c107W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will ensure that regional health authorities consider nominations from co-operative societies and other co-operative bodies when making appointments to the new district health authorities.

Dr. Vaughan

The National Health Service Act 1977 requires regional health authorities to undertake consultation before they appoint the membership of health authorities, but individual bodies are not prescribed. I do intend to specify which bodies should be consulted since the statutory appointing authorities now have well-established consultation arrangements of their own. In addition, any individual or body is free to submit nominations to the regional health authorities for their consideration.