§ Mr. Patchett
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the length of time taken by regional health authorities to apply the present disciplinary procedures when dealing with consultants employed by the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.438W
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Health authorities are responsible for deciding whether or not to institute disciplinary proceedings against consultants and they are not required to supply details routinely to the Secretary of State about individual cases. Recent criticisms about the disciplinary procedures for hospital doctors are being considered and, if appropriate, action will follow.