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Nurses (Recruitment)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that girls are anxious to take up the nursing profession but have to wait until they are 18 before they can enter, and that in the interim period they take jobs which they are reluctant to leave; and whether he will introduce a scheme to employ them on work ancillary to nursing so that they can pass into the profession they desire easily and smoothly at 18 years of age.

Many hospitals already employ younger girls in work other than nursing prior to their entering training at the age of 18. As this practice calls for very careful control in the interest of the patients and the girls alike, a memorandum giving advice to hospitals was issued in 1950.