asked the Minister of Health the number of midwives, or district nurses practising as midwives, who have been called up for service in emergency hospitals since the outbreak of war?
§ Mr. Elliot
No midwives or district nurses practising as midwives have been called up for service in emergency hospitals since they are not enrolled as such in the Civil Nursing Reserve, from which nursing staff for hospitals under the Emergency Hospital Scheme is provided. Some nurses who possess the certificate of the Central Midwives Board have been enrolled and called up but I could not state the number without detailed inquiries. I may add that a considerable number of midwives have been 429W transferred from evacuation to reception areas for service in emergency maternity homes, which, according to the returns received, are adequately staffed.