In the case of married nurses, as of other married women, proper account must be taken of their domestic responsibilities. Subject to such responsibilities, I feel sure that married nurses in general are prepared to make their services available but, if necessary, my right hon. Friend would be prepared in appropriate cases to issue directions.
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that a very serious situation now prevails in regard to the shortage of nurses? While it is true that some in the category I have mentioned have volunteered is he aware that there are large numbers declining to volunteer, and, in view of the urgency, cannot the directions be given as suggested?