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NURSING SISTERS MINISTER'S CHARGE DENIED Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. "It is a libel on the nursing sisters of the Dominion to say they are tyrannical and harsh," said Mr. Oram (Nat., Manawatu), referring, in his speech on the second reading of the Nurses and Midwives Bill in the House of Representatives last night, to a recent statement by the Minister of Health, Mr. Nordmeyer. Mr. Oram quoted the' Minister's statement that one of the reasons why some hospital boards had difficulty in maintaining their staffs was because of the tyrannical and harsh attitude adopted by some of the sisters. Such a statement, added Mr. Oram, cast an unwarranted slur on those occupying positions as sisters and was harsh and unjustifiable. "Certain girls resent "the discipline imposed in hospitals—and rightly imposed—because it is only by rigid discipline and training arid routine obedience to orders that the wonderful tradition we have in the nursing profession has been built up," continued Mr. Oram.

Mr. Oram said he had not stated that the Minister described all sisters in those terms, but he felt the Minister's statement was a libel on a very fine body of women. There might be an isolated case here and there, as described by the Minister, but those cases were picked up by matrons and there was no need for the hospital boards to interfere.

Nothing Mr. Oram had said would alter his opinion about some sisters, - because he knew what he had said was true, said Mr. Nordmeyer, when replying to the debate. He quoted a report in which the Director of Nursing, Miss Lambie, declared that the manner in which some senior nurses spoke to and treated junior nurses showed a need for understanding and that there was a great deal to learn. In spite of Mr. Oram's remarks, he would repeat that there were sisters who made life difficult-for their juniors. All the heroics of Mr. Oram would not alter the facts and if the 'member would get the testimony of many nurses in the Dominion they would confirm what he (the Minister) had said. I

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"HARSH ATTITUDE", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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"HARSH ATTITUDE" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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