Medical Schools, London (Women Students).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Professor Archibald Hill Professor Archibald Hill , Cambridge University

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that most medical schools in London refuse to accept women medical students, although many with good educational qualifications are anxious to enter; and whether, in view of the fact that students beginning now will not be medically qualified for several years, he will refuse to reserve any more men to commence the study of medicine in these schools unless they agree to take a reasonable proportion of suitable women?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am aware that some medical schools in London do not accept women students. Whether such schools should accept them is a question for consideration by the Committee on Medical Schools, of which I understand my hon. Friend is a member. I must, however, take all relevant facts into consideration before I agree to reservation.

Photo of Professor Archibald Hill Professor Archibald Hill , Cambridge University

Does the Minister consider it is a good thing to allow young men to stay out of the Services merely to prevent women entering the medical profession?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I do not deal with reservations on that basis. No one regrets' more than I do the rigidity of the medical trade union rules.

Photo of Dr Leslie Haden-Guest Dr Leslie Haden-Guest , Islington North

Will my right hon. Friend go further into this matter and see whether his great influence cannot modify the rigidity of the trade union rules? As one trade union leader to another, he would speak on terms of equality.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am quite convinced that the equality would be all right.