HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 c2271
14. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the decision of the Hospital Management Committee of Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester, to close a further 48 beds on account of a shortage of nursing staff, making a total of 108 beds closed for this reason; and what action he is taking to remedy this state of affairs.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I am aware that it has been necessary to close further beds at Crumpsall Hospital because of shortage of nursing staff. I am informed that the hospital management committee, in co-operation with the Ministry of Labour and National Service, is making every effort to recruit additional staff and that a local campaign is being considered.

Mr. Johnson

Will my right hon. Friend consider allowing hospitals to advertise in the ordinary Press as well as in the "Nursing Times" and the "Nursing Mirror" for trained staff and State-enrolled assistants for full-time work?

Mr. Macleod

I am prepared to consider any suggestion which might improve recruitment. I am told that recruitment is slightly better at Crumpsall this year.