HC Deb 05 November 1956 vol 558 c1944
42. Mr. Gurden

asked the Minister of Health to what extent there is a shortage of nurses and other hospital staff in Birmingham.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

I am obtaining the latest available information from the hospital boards concerned and will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Garden

Would my hon. Friend give an assurance that personnel who have reached retirement age are encouraged to continue in this service?

Miss Hornsby-Smith

The retirement levels are laid down by the Whitley Council, but certainly in some circumstances staff, if they are fit and able to do so, are carrying on. and we are grateful for their help.