Nurses

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1971.

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Photo of Mr William Molloy Mr William Molloy , Ealing North 12:00 am, 9th November 1971

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, under both Governments, we have had that corny answer year in and year out, that the Whitley Council of which he speaks is practically useless and that we continue to take advantage of young women who enter this honourable profession—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] and, I would add, in a most disgraceful way? A young woman who passes her S.R.N. examination and then goes on to take a course in midwifery has to revert to a student's pay. No other profession would stand for such a thing. Instead of giving us excuses about the Whitley Council, will the right hon. Gentleman act as a Minister and stop this abominable practice?