Miss Rogers decided to undertake midwifery training and received the appropriate training allowance—£545 per annum—for a pupil midwife who is already a State registered nurse.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a severe shortage of midwives? Would he not agree that it hardly encourages recruitment if a nurse who has already achieved her S.R.N. and who then goes on to midwifery training must accept a drop in salary of £180 during the 12 months of that training?
It may appear so, but if a State registered nurse were seconded for midwifery training by the hospital concerned, she would, of course, receive her full wages during that period. There is, I suggest, an essential difference where a person is securing an additional qualification. One has to be very careful then, because it does not necessarily follow that this securing of an additional qualification, or two, will mean that that person will go into that speciality.