Oral Answers to Questions — Nursing Sisters (Overseas Service)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether he has now considered the re-allocation of personnel as between the Army nursing sisters and the R.A.F. nursing sisters with a view to equalising the period of overseas service.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The number of R.A.F. sisters is relatively small and the shortage of nursing sisters is as acute in the R.A.F. as in the Army. Transfers to the Army—even if desirable on other grounds—would not materially help to solve the Army's problem.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the period of four-and-a-half years' overseas service for a girl serving in a hospital in a tropical climate undermines her general health, and that when she sees someone else in the same theatre being sent home at a much earlier date she becomes bitter and demoralised?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

That is another question.