§ Mr. Beaumont-Dark
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the suspension since 1981 of Dr. Charles Entwistle from Rubery Hill hospital; and when he now expects the matter to be resolved.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
[pursuant to his reply, 13 May 1985, c. 32]: Following the conclusion of an appeal to the Secretary of State and the advice of a professional committee which sat in July 1984, we directed that the suspension of Dr. Entwistle by the West Midlands regional health authority shall be continued expressly and only for the purpose of holding a committee of inquiry as soon as possible. The authority is now reporting to our Department on their progress in setting up the inquiry which is expected to last for a month. No date has yet been decided but I very much hope that the inquiry will begin in the near future.
When this case has been concluded, we will review the need for further guidance to Authorities to ensure that cases of this kind do not recur.