Student Nurses

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1955.

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Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

My right hon. Friend is inviting representatives of the London teaching hospitals to discuss the further secondment of student nurses with his officers next month. At 31st December, 1953, the ratio of beds to nursing staff was: in the London teaching hospitals 1·27 to 1 and in general hospitals under the metropolitan regional hospital boards 1·79 to 1. He is satisfied that regional hospital boards are doing their utmost, by establishment control and other means to improve the distribution of nursing staff.