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Midwives, Sunderland

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Mr. Wiley:

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to ensure that Sunderland has its required establishment of midwives.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

The employment of domiciliary midwives in Sunderland is the responsibility of the county borough council.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that we have only about two-thirds of our required establishment, that the position is getting worse and is prejudicing us in Sunderland, and that it appears to us it will not improve until better conditions are provided for midwives?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

The council is advertising for midwives and offering housing accommodation, but so far. I fear, without much success.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that we still cannot get the midwives?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

The shortage of domiciliary midwives in the country as a whole is about 7 per cent., which is not too serious a figure. There is an acute local shortage in Sunderland, but, as I have said, the council is taking special steps to try to alleviate it.