HC Deb 30 May 1945 vol 411 cc231-2W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State of the Colonies what further action is to be taken respecting increasing the number of trained West African nurses and doctors to serve in West Africa; and if he will adopt a plan completely to staff clinics and hospitals in West Africa with trained West African personnel within a given number of years.

Colonel Stanley

Steps are being taken to expand and systematize facilities for the training of West African nurses both locally and in this country. As regards doctors, the West African Governments are doing everything possible, by the award of scholarships and by other means, to encourage the recruitment of suitable qualified African doctors to the Medical Departments. I do not think it is possible to prescribe a fixed period as suggested in the last part of the Question.