§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he now intends to revise his policy regarding the early retirement of nurses;
(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter he sent to all chairmen of regional health authorities concerning the early retirement scheme for nurses.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The premature retirement scheme applies to all NHS staff not just nurses. We have been reviewing the operation of the scheme and we intend shortly to issue further guidance and to introduce new arrangements for closer monitoring and control.596W
I have placed in the Library of the House copies of letters my right hon. Friend wrote to chairmen of regional health authorities on 18 January and 29 February about the re-employment of prematurely retired officers.