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National Health Service (Catering Management Staff)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement upon the future and promotion prospects for professionally qualified catering management staff within the National Health Service, as present proposals for reorganisation delete the post of district catering manager, leaving the food provision service without representation on the district management team.

We are reviewing management arrangements at district level, including those for the catering function, in the light of the comments received on "Patients First", and expect to announce policy in July. At present the catering function is represented on the district management team by the administrator, and "Patients First" proposes no change in this arrangement.