HC Deb 04 November 1937 vol 328 cc1117-8
66. Mr. Turton

asked the Minister of Health what will be the terms of reference of the committee which he proposes to set up to inquire into the status and recruitment of nurses?

Sir K. Wood

The proposed terms of reference of the committee to be appointed by the President of the Board of Education and myself are as follow: To inquire into the arrangements at present in operation with regard to the recruitment, training, registration and terms and conditions of service of persons engaged in nursing the sick and to report whether any changes in those arrangements or any other measures are expedient for the purpose of maintaining an adequate service both for institutional and for domiciliary nursing. I am glad to say that the Earl of Athlone has consented to act as Chairman, and I hope to announce the names of the rest of the committee very shortly.

Mr. Jagger

Will the terms of reference enable the committee to inquire into the present unjust position of nurses who pay superannuation contributions and are not allowed to reclaim?

Sir K. Wood

The terms of reference are very wide, and I think that anything which affects their status and conditions of recruitment can properly be considered.

Mr. Kelly

Will the terms of reference cover not only general hospitals, but mental hospitals?

Sir K. Wood

Yes, I think so.