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Nurse's Pension, The Hartlepools

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 7 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a member of the staff of a hospital at The Hartlepools taken over by him will retire shortly with over 30 years' hospital service on a pension of less thanĀ£1 per week; and what steps he is proposing to take to see that this allowance is supplemented, as such treatment will not help the drive for additional entrants into the nursing profession.

If this is the case I have traced, this nurse will receive the greater part of her pension from a scheme in which she participated before the new Health Service began; she will, however, receive a useful supplement from public funds. I regret that it is not possible to repair all the omissions of the past, but entrants to the nursing profession now are well provided for by the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme.