Midwives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the great shortage, especially in reception areas, of nurses trained to deal with maternity cases, he will enrol a mobile squad of nurses who will be willing to go, when required, to areas where they are most needed?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The need for relating provision for maternity cases to movements of population has been recognised and the supply of midwives in reception areas has been increased both by transfer and by arrangements for recall to, practice. My information is that the deficiency is rather in the total number of midwives available than in maldistribution and I do not think, therefore, that the suggestion of a mobile squad would assist.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

In Cheltenham the shortage is particularly acute. What is the objection to adopting this obvious and valuable suggestion?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I should not care to argue that now, but I shall be pleased to look at the particular case of Cheltenham if the hon. Member will give me the facts concerned.