HC Deb 17 February 1964 vol 689 cc139-40W
61. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health what is the number and percentage of girls of overseas Commonwealth and foreign birth, respectively, who are training as nurses in British hospitals; how many are State registered nurses; how many have not finished their training in the last three years; and how many have left the hospital service annually in the last three years.

Mr. Braine

At 31st December, 1962, 10,800 or about 15 per cent. of student and pupil nurses in British hospitals were from overseas Commonwealth countries. Otherwise the information is not available.

63. Mrs. Castle

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to ensure that hospital authorities implement the recommendations of the Nurses' and Midwives' Whitley Council that they should reduce the hours of duty of nurses and midwives to 84 per fortnight within two years; and if he will issue guidance as to local consultation with representative bodies of the staff involved.

Mr. Barber

I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of the memorandum I have sent to hospital authorities. The distribution of working hours is a matter for discussion by hospital staffs consultative committees.