HC Deb 10 June 1942 vol 380 cc1073-4W
Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Air what minimum of training is required for orderlies who dispense medicines; and what steps are taken to prevent the handling of dangerous drugs by untrained personnel?

Sir A. Sinclair

At hospitals and large sick quarters the posts for dispensers are filled either by qualified pharmacists or by Service-trained regular airmen who have undergone a minimum of nine months' full-time instruction in pharmacy and reached a satisfactory standard of competence. At small sick quarters the measuring of doses of prepared medicines is done, under the supervision of the medical officer, by trained nursing orderlies who are given a minimum of three months' instruction in medical subjects before undertaking this work. Dangerous drugs are stored under lock and key in the custody of a medical officer or qualified dispenser.