HC Deb 07 March 1955 vol 538 c15
37. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to reduce the shortage of domestic staff in hospitals.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I am aware that difficulties arise locally, but in general the position has been improving in recent years. If the hon. and gallant Member has any particular case in mind I shall be glad to look into it.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an immense turnover per year in the ancillary staffs of hospitals? Does he really think that he can get female cooks for 2s. 5d. an hour in London hospitals?

Mr. Macleod

As I say, although there are difficulties, which I think are part of the general shortage from which hospitals and everyone else suffers, the total number of whole-time and part-time staff has been going steadily up.