HC Deb 22 November 1945 vol 416 cc593-4
57. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Labour upon what date his Ministry replied to the letter dated 9th May, 1945, from the clerk of the Warwickshire County Council, concerning the shortage of staff at hospitals, institutions and children's homes under the jurisdiction of the public assistance committee; and what steps he took, or proposes to take, to relieve the shortage.

Mr. Isaacs

A reply to a similar letter addressed simultaneously to the Ministry of Health was sent on behalf of both Departments on 30th June. Considerable efforts have been made to meet the nursing and domestic staffing needs of the county council and particulars of a number of applicants have been submitted, but it is clear that, as in a number of other institutions throughout the country, many vacancies still exist. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Health and I are considering what further measures, in addition to those already taken, can be adopted, in the light of the Government statement on "Staffing the Hospitals," which would assist the council.