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Stratton Hospital (Clinical Assistant)

Volume 801: debated on Monday 11 May 1970

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what discussions he has had with the South Western Regional Hospital Board about filling the post of clinical assistant at Stratton Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

I understand from the South West Regional Board that it hopes soon to fill the post. It is aware that it needs special authority to continue to employ a practitioner over the age of 70 and I understand that it is seeking a younger candidate.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this post has been vacant for at least six months, to my knowledge? The person who was practising in this post up to six months ago is over 70 years of age. Is it not monstrous that the people of Bude should be denied this service simply because somebody is a few months over the statutory age laid down by the Ministry?

I realise that there has been a vacancy for a period, but I do not think that the situation is monstrous. The regional board is seeking a younger candidate. I hope that it will succeed, and that the services to the community will be provided.