HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 cc2270-1
9. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Health what action he is taking to deal with the shortage of trained hospital nurses, particularly in the non-teaching and smaller provincial hospitals.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

Recruitment measures are being concentrated on local campaigns which should enable these hospitals to secure their share of the general increase in the number of trained nurses.

Mr. Holt

Is the Parliamentary Secretary satisfied that the General Nursing Council is not setting too high a level of general education for students entering the profession, which, although it may be satisfactory for London, brings about problems in some provincial areas?

Miss Hornsby-Smith

That is another question, but I should be loth to suggest that provincial areas should have a lower standard than London.