Married Nurses.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 17th February 1942.

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Mr. David Adams:

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the urgent need for nurses in many hospitals in the country, it is intended to direct fully-qualified married nurses without children to take up this form of employment?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

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.

Mr. Adams:

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?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

That is not the responsibility of my Department.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Would it not be much better to see that the conditions of employment are first made more attractive?