§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that where a local manager wishes to change a nurse's grade he should not do so without having first consulted the regional health authority who in turn must consult his Department.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
No. It is for regional and district health authorities to determine what consultations, if any, should take place and in what circumstances this would be appropriate.
§ Mr. Grocott
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his latest estimate for the Shropshire health authority of the number of patients who have been on the hospital waiting list for more than a year.
§ Mr. Mellor
The most recent validated in-patient waiting list figures are for 31 March 1988. At that date, there were 2,797 patients on the Shropshire list for more than a year.