§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps are being taken by Her Majesty's Government to investigate stress amongst National Health Service employees striving to maintain the quality of health care in the face of increased demands on the service they provide; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
The degree and nature of stress in employment differs according to circumstances and we believe it is right that we should look primarily to health authorities as employers to discharge their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work, Etc. Act 1974, to promote, maintain and improve the physical and mental well-being of all employees. We have no plans to institute a further study into that area.