HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1866-7W

asked the Minister of Health whether, when he informed the section of the General Nursing Council, representing the employers' interests, that he was prepared to sanction any rules consistent with the Act which the Council thought necessary, it was within his knowledge that this section, consisting of 10 matrons, five medical men, and four lay members, formed the overwhelming majority of those upon the Council, and that by reason of this unequal representation there was a possibility of the interests of the workers being brushed aside in favour of those of the employers?


I have given no such pledge as is stated by the hon. Member. I intimated to the chairman that I would approve such rules consistent with the Act as the council thought necessary to meet the serious difficulties which had arisen, and to speed up registration and secure an adequate electorate within the time allowed under the Act. I was, of course, acquainted with the personnel of the council, and I must once again demur in the strongest manner to any suggestion that any one section of the council is less anxious than another to do what is best in the interest of the working nurses.