HC Deb 02 March 1944 vol 397 c1566
34. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the need for an increased number of doctors and other trained persons to carry out the proposed National Health Service, he will consult with the appropriate Departments with a view to promoting a plan whereby suitable young men and women, when they leave the military forces, will be given financial help to enable them to qualify for this work.

Mr. Willink

The Committee on Further Education and Training, under the Chairmanship of Lord Hankey, is considering the whole field of recruitment into the various professions after the war, especially from the Services. I have submitted evidence to that Committee showing the probable needs of the services dealt with by my Department—including the new Health Service. Financial assistance will be available to suitable applicants under new Further Education and Training scheme.

Sir Ian Fraser

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman explain the position in some publication, that would be of help to people in the Services? It will encourage them if they know we are thinking about their future.

Mr. Willink

I shall certainly get in touch with the Committee on those lines.

Dr. Russell Thomas

Is the Minister aware that there are far too many doctors on the medical register already?