HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 c562
31. Mr. Hopkinson

asked the Minister of Health whether he will issue directions to regional hospital boards to take steps to arrange that tuberculosis should be made part of the general nursing training.

Mr. Marquand

I am not in a position to give directions in this matter, but I am encouraging hospital authorities to extend the practice of giving general student nurses some experience in tuberculosis nursing.

Mr. Messer

Is it not a fact that the training is determined by the General Nursing Council and not by the regional hospital boards?

Mr. Marquand

Yes, Sir, that is so. That is why I am not able to give a direction but, as my hon. Friend knows, I have asked the regional hospital boards to help in the matter.

44. Mr. Hugh Fraser

asked the Minister of Health what is the average delay in the developing and production of X-ray photographs in suspected tuberculosis cases; whether delays of up to two months are common; and whether he proposes to take any steps to expedite the service.

Mr. Marquand

The films used in mass miniature radiography are processed forthwith. I have no information of the average time taken for developing other X-ray photographs, but will be glad to inquire into any case of difficulty which the hon. Member has in mind.

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