HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 c334
5. 5. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that hospitals are having to turn away expectant mothers because of a shortage of midwives, which means a shortage of maternity beds; and will he take immediate steps to remedy this position.

Mr. Butler

I have no specific information that hospitals are taking the action stated, but would gladly make inquiry in any individual case if my hon. Friend will send me details.

Sir W. Smithers

Will the right hon. Gentleman use his good offices to see that, if the Services require nurses, those nurses with midwives' certificates are not sent abroad but are retained in this country?

Mr. Butler

I will take note of that.