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Birmingham Skin Hospital

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the fact that the candidate recommended for the consultant post in dermatology at the Birmingham Skin Hospital has not with- drawn his application, if he will now make a statement on the procedure followed in dealing with this appointment.

In my reply to the hon. Member on 8th February—[Vol. 925, c. 631–2]—I said that the candidate recommended for one of the vacant posts in dermatology based at the Birmingham Skin Hospital had withdrawn his application. I now know that my answer was incorrect, and I apologise for the error. The position is that a properly constituted appointment committee has recommended a doctor for the post, though there was an irregularity when the committee voted. The recommendation will be considered by the West Midlands Regional Health Authority and the Birmingham Area Health Authority (Teaching) at their meetings later this month, and it will be for the authorities to decide whether to accept it.