HC Deb 18 April 1946 vol 421 c2876
27. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many ex-V.A.D. nurses who would like to continue nursing are discouraged from doing so because their experience gained as V.A.D. nurses is largely ignored by the civil nursing profession; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure that nurses who have been trained as V.A.D. nurses in military hospitals, and have gained experience during the war, will not be required to undergo more than a short training course in a civil hospital before ranking as fully trained civilian nurses.

Mr. Bevan

V. A Ds with suitable nursing experience are already eligible for six months' remission in the period of their training for State registration. Consideration is being given to establishing a shorter course for those who have had nursing training and experience in the Services of a sufficiently high standard.

Mr. Vane

Does the Minister consider that six months' remission is really satisfactory at this time when nurses are so short?

Mr. A. Bevan

I have great sympathy with the hon. Member's point and am having it investigated.