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Volume 640: debated on Monday 15 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will require hospital committees to give nurses an automatic right to be accompanied by a friend when they are summoned to appear before them on disciplinary questions; and whether he will make a statement on conditions of employment and of dismissal of nurses by hospital committees.

Hospital authorities are so required. Nurses' conditions of employment are governed generally by agreements of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council. Their appointment and dismissal rest with the employing authority.