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National Health Service (Industrial Relations)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the current state of industrial relations in the National Health Service.

I am gravely concerned by the current industrial action in the Health Service. Discussions on these pay claims are continuing on the basis of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's proposals on low pay and comparability studies.I have taken action on a number of fronts to improve industrial relations in the NHS. For example, proposals for a new local disputes procedure are now being considered by the General Whitley Council. Special attention is being paid to training personnel officers and local managers in the skills and techniques of industrial relations.

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the current state of industrial relations in the National Health Service.

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. Shepherd) earlier today.