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Children's Nurses (Recruitment)

Volume 527: debated on Thursday 13 May 1954

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asked the Minister of Health, in view of the special requirements for child nursing in hospitals and the need for specialised training of nurses for this purpose, to what extent special wards or departments have been, and are being, opened in hospitals; and what efforts are being made to secure recruits for this type of nursing.

At the end of 1952, the latest date for which figures are available, there were in England and Wales some 24,000 hospital beds for short-stay sick children, about 10,000 of them being in hospitals devoted entirely to children.

My right hon. Friend is not aware of any need for special recruitment measures in this field, which is a very popular one.