HC Deb 05 March 1962 vol 655 cc12-3
14. Mr. Holland

asked the Minister of Health how many nurses trained in Acton Hospital have become state registered during the past five years.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)


Mr. Holland

While thanking my hon. Friend for the information, may I ask whether she would not agree that as Acton Hospital is to continue as a general hospital for only about ten years, as I understand the new hospital plan, it will be extremely desirable if the small but particularly efficient unit should continue training nurses until the date of its metamorphosis?

Miss Pitt

I am sure it will not comply with the new conditions for recognition by the General Nursing Council, by which hospitals, in order to secure approval as training schools, should have a minimum of 300 beds, 240 of them occupied, and, if possible, a student establishment of 100. Acton is nowhere near those figures. Nevertheless it does make a contribution. I understand that it is being considered for training for the Roll, and I hope that will be the outcome.