§ Mr. Osborne
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, owing to the shortage of midwives, it has been necessary to close down the maternity ward of the county infirmary at Louth, Lincolnshire; and, in view of the repercussions, what steps does he propose to take to remedy this situation.
§ Mr. Bevan
Yes, Sir. The closure of this ward reflects the widespread shortage of nurses and midwives, on which I hope shortly to make a full statement. Meantime, I am in consultation with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Labour and National Service, about the position at this hospital. I hope that some of the midives qualifying at the examination to be held next month will be appointed and enable the ward to be re-opened.