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NHS: Conditions of Employment

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to make work more family-friendly for NHS staff in the (a) Barnet Chase Farm hospital, (b) Royal Free hospital and (c) Barnet primary care trust; and if he will make a statement. (177895)

This is a matter for the local national health service.

However, we have been informed that Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals NHS trust, the Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust and Barnet primary care trust (PCT) have a range of initiatives in place to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance. For example, Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals national health service trust and Barnet PCT provide crèches for their staff, with Barnet PCT also having a flexible working policy in place. At the Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust there is a 72-place staff day nursery for children aged six months to four years, and a working families advisor whose role is to help parents and other staff who have carer responsibilities to access services and organise their work patterns to cope.