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Alien Doctors

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the shortage of doctors, he is taking steps to ensure that the Temporary Registration Order of 1941, by which refugee doctors were permitted to obtain posts in hospitals or to work as assistants to medical practitioners, is extended beyond February, 1946, after which time it will otherwise lapse.

Yes, Sir. The Emergency Laws (Transitional Provisions) Bill introduced on Tuesday includes provisions for the continuance of the Order beyond the date mentioned.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugee doctors are now practising in South Wales; how many have applied for naturalisation; and how many of these applications have been granted.

:Among the doctors in South Wales at present I understand from the Central Medical War Committee that there are six Austrians, two of whom are women, three Germans and one Czechoslovak. The three men of German nationality and the two Austrian women are on the register of persons who are only permitted to take certain limited forms of medical work. Seven of these persons have applied for naturalisation but their applications have all been suspended in accordance with the general policy that has been in operation since 1940.