Medical Schools (Women Students)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many women students are finding it impossible to obtain a medical education in London; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Admission of students to university medical schools is now governed by a quota system based on the pre-war admissions and many more students apply than can be accommodated. As I promised my hon. Friend the Member for North Battersea (Mr. Douglas) on 4th June last, this question is under consideration by the Committee appointed by myself and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland to inquire into the organisation of medical schools.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

In view of the fact that the medical schools in London are constituent bodies of the university, is the right hon. Gentleman considering making strong representations to the university on the subject?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

At the moment I have, as I say, with the Secretary of State for Scotland called a committee to consider this matter.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Is not the Committee appointed to consider not present but post-war policy?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

It is to inquire into the organisation of medical schools, not necessarily after the war.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Is it proposed to obtain a report which will be of immediate use?