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Alien Doctors (Temporary Registration)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health if any decision has been reached as to the cancellation of the temporary regis- tration of alien doctors practising in this country; and whether, in this connection, he has considered the position of the anti-Nazi Sudeten doctors and others who have no country to which to return.

The Government have been considering these matters in connection with the Bill recently foreshadowed by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary for keeping alive for a transitional period certain Defence Regulations which would otherwise lapse in February next. My hon. Friend will see what is proposed in the Bill, which I understand will be introduced very shortly.

:In view of the tremendous shortage, not only in the medical profession but in the dental surgery and nursing professions, will the Minister be good enough to consider them at the same time?

I have already indicated in my answer to the last Question that the position of nurses is under the most urgent consideration, and a campaign in connection with new conditions is just about to be started.