§ 39. Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what number of women nurses are employed in His Majesty's prisons for women; what training and what certificates of efficiency such nurses hold; and what proportion they bear to the daily average of women prisoners?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Captain Douglas Hacking)
In women's prisons 23 registered nurses and 18 hospital officers are employed. The registered nurses hold such certificates of training as are required by the General Nursing Council for registration. The hospital officers were trained in the larger prison women's hospitals and passed as efficient by the medical officers. The proportion of the 41 to the daily average female population for 1924–25 is about 1 to 23.
§ 40. Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
asked the Home Secretary what number of trained male nurses are employed in His Majesty's prisons; what training and what certificates of efficiency such male nurses hold; what is their proportion to the daily average number of prisoners; whether any trained women nurses are employed in His Majesty's prisons for ment; and, if so, how many women nurses are so employed and what is their proportion to the daily average number of male prisoners?
§ Captain HACKING
Certified efficient by a board of medical officers after training at Parkhurst, 131 male hospital officers are employed in prisons. Their proportion to the daily average number of prisoners for 1924–5 is about one to 75. Forty-seven of them are on the State Register of Nurses. In prisons for men, women nurses are only employed when the medical officer thinks that necessary in special cases.
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
Does that mean that there are no permanent women nurses, and that they are only brought in case of emergency?