Nursing Units

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the Under secretary of State for India how many members of British nursing units in India and Burma are engaged on nursing sick and wounded Indian soldiers at the present time.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

The number of nurses of the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service employed, against Indian Military Nursing Service vacancies, and therefore employed in nursing Indian soldiers in Indian and combined British and Indian hospitals, is 389.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

In view of the urgency created by the serious shortage of nurses in this country, cannot the Minister return these women to the United Kingdom as soon as suitable Indian substitutes have been found?

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

I would remind hon. Members that these nurses are being used mostly to nurse men who were wounded in action against our late enemy.