HC Deb 16 March 1885 vol 295 c1235

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he is aware that the nurses at the Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse (Devon), are often obliged to work nineteen hours a-day (even on Sunday) without remuneration for extra time; and, if he will take steps to stop these protracted hours and limit them to the time for which the nurses stipulated to serve?


(who replied) said: At Plymouth Hospital the nurses are on duty 15 hours a-day—that is, from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M., and when on ordinary night duty, which is three times a-week on an average, have a watch of four hours in addition, without payment for "extra time," so called, except when looking after critical cases, when they get an allowance of Is. a-night. There are no stipulated hours of duty. Leave is granted for one day a-week and alternate Sundays.