February 20, 1948, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review

A letter issued on behalf of ten trade unions and organisations states that they have learned that moves are being made to launch a new organisation…The National Federation of Hospital Officers. The majority of hospital officers (states the letter) are already attached to one or other of these long established organisations, all of which can adequately cater for their existing members in the new situation arising out of the Health Service Act and for any staffs and particularly those in voluntary hospitals which have not hitherto been within the scope of collective bargaining. A new body such as that projected (continues the letter) can only gain membership at the expense of the existing organisations (and) arouse a just resentment in the existing organisations which in the teeth of no little opposition in the past, have followed the principles of collective bargaining now to be followed under the Act, and have already gained much for hospital staff.