HC Deb 26 June 1934 vol 291 cc950-1
10. Mrs. SHAW

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the need for improvement in the system of training and registration of nurses in Scotland, he proposes to institute an inquiry into the subject?


Yes, Sir, my right hon. Friend has appointed a Departmental Committee on this subject. With my hon. Friend's permission I will print the terms of reference in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The members of the committee are as follow:

  • Sheriff A. Campbell Black, O.B.E., K.C. (Chairman).
  • William Leslie Burgess, Esq., M.D., D.Ph., R.S.P.S.E. and G. (Medical Officer of Health, Dundee).
  • Lady Susan Gilmour (Queen's Institute of District Nursing).
  • Miss Mary Reid Knight, M.A., M.B., Ch.B. (Medical Superintendent, Paisley District Asylum).
  • Thomas Bell Maxwell Lamb, Esq., M.A. (Scottish Education Department).
  • Sir Henry Mechan, D.L., LL.D. (Western Infirmary, Glasgow).
  • John Reid, Esq., M.D., D.Ph., F.R.F.P.S. (Medical Superintendent, County Hospital, Motherwell).
  • Miss Elizabeth Dunlop Smail, R.R.C. (Matron, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary).
  • Miss Christina Whyte (Matron, Rob-royston Hospital, Glasgow).
  • John Young, Esq., M.B., C. M. (Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary).
Mr. W. T. Mercer of the Department of Health for Scotland has been appointed Secretary to the Committee.


While appreciating the fact that this is a large committee, will the hon. Gentleman not consider putting on it some of the ordinary everyday working nurses rather than those who are heads of institutions?


I think their case is rather a matter for evidence.


Would not the same consideration apply to the large number of matrons of hospitals?

Following are the terms of reference of the Committee: To inquire into the training and system of registration of nurses in Scotland and to recommend what Amendments, if any, should be made in the Nurses Registration (Scotland) Act, 1919, or the rules made thereunder, and -what other steps, if any, should be taken to improve the existing system of training and registration.