Hospital Orderlies

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

70.

asked the Minister of Pensions how many orderlies are employed in Ministry hospitals; and whether there is one orderly for every six patients?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

There are 1,879 orderlies employed in Ministry hospitals and convalescent centres where there are 13,644 in-patients; but less than 50 per cent. of these are employed on nursing duties or in the wards. The remainder of the orderlies so termed are merely employés engaged on general domestic duties, e.g., as messengers, sanitary men, store-men, gatemen, dining-room orderlies, gardeners, and ambulance drivers, and in the out-patient departments, where 17,861 patients are being treated.

Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

Are we to understand that no reduction is proposed?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

I am trying to reduce as many as I can.

Lieut.-Colonel.J. WARD:

Will the right hon. Gentleman take care that in any proposed reductions he does not make the life of these poor inmates worse than it is to-day?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

I hope the House will believe that I am very careful about that.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the right hon. Gentleman bearing that point in view in closing down the Shepherds Bush Orthopædic Hospital?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That does not arise here.