Oral Answers to Questions — Midwives (Use of Anaesthetics).

– in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities instruct their midwives in the use of an anaesthetic for the purpose of relieving pain at childbirth; and how many fail to exercise their powers in this respect?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Out of 188 local supervising authorities in England and Wales, 61 had made arrangements, before 31st December, 1941, for the instruction of their midwives in the administration of analgesics at childbirth.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider circularising the backward authorities with a view to pressing them to adopt more humanitarian means of conducting confinements in the country?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will look into the matter and consider it.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Is not this part of the regular training of midwives, and, if not, will the Minister see that it is introduced?