asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the memorandum signed by 33 medical practitioners in Shoreditch and neighbourhood regarding the threatened closing of the inpatient wards of St. Lennard's Hospital, Shoreditch, and asking that he should intervene and cause a public inquiry to take place before action to close the hospital is taken; and what action he is taking.
Yes, Sir. The London County Council have appealed to me, under the Nurses Registration Act, 1919, against the decision of the General Nursing Council to withdraw recognition from this hospital as a training school for nurses. I am arranging for the appeal to be heard shortly.
Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that poor people in this area to whom this hospital is a great necessity are looking to him to maintain a firm front against the General Nursing Council on this matter?
I will certainly take all relevant considerations into account, including the General Nursing Council.