§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if any decision has been taken not to replace chest consultants working in Manchester hospitals when they retire; and if there has been any recent change of policy by his Department in this regard.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There has been no recent change in policy by our Department. The employment of consultants is a matter for health authorities, who must judge the need for appointments in the light of the constantly changing pattern of patient needs. I suggest the right hon. Member may wish to write direct to the chairman of the South Manchester health authority.