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Hospital Social Workers (Pay)

Volume 828: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the fact that hospital patients are being adversely affected because of the poor pay rates and conditions of hospital social workers, what action he will take to improve the position.

I understand that negotiations are proceeding in the Whitley Council and hope that there will be an early conclusion. I do not accept the implication in the first part of the Question.