Hospitals (Domestic Workers)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Dr Alfred Howitt Dr Alfred Howitt , Reading

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the great shortage of domestic workers in hospitals, he will direct that women shall be enrolled for domestic work in hospitals in the same manner as for the Services?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I would refer my hon. Friend to the last part of the reply given to the hon. Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn) on 6th October.

Photo of Dr Alfred Howitt Dr Alfred Howitt , Reading

Is my hon. Friend aware that it is becoming more and more difficult for hospitals to function properly to-day with their present domestic staffs and that in the case of an emergency arising from enemy action the wounded would not be able to receive the attention which I know my hon. Friend would like them to have?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

We are, of course, aware of those difficulties, which are fully set out in the reply to which I have referred.

Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the effect of the changed arrangements whereby deferments are referred to the district man-power board is to make the position worse?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I would not accept that.

Dr. Edith Surnrnerskill:

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this shortage aggravates the nursing problem because nurses have to undertake domestic work, which they resent?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the man-power boards turn a blind eye almost all the time to this question?