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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Improved provision for training in obstetrics was described by the Minister of Health, Mr. Nordmeyer, in the House of Representatives last night.

The Department, he said, had to keep a balance between the demand for trained midwives and nurses. It was part of the Government's policy to ensure that medical students who were to be doctors should be adequately trained in obstetrics. That was being done in the Queen Mary Hospital, Dunedin, which had done, and was continuing to do, splendid work in that respect. The Government was concerned to see that another school was made available for the purpose of training medical men, not merely undergraduates, but doctors who had been overseas and on their return wished to have a revisionary course. This new hospital would be established in Auckland. The Government felt that 'St. Helens Hospital there would not then be needed, and it would be closed down when the new hospital was functioning. This would not mean a diminution in the number of midwives trained. It was intended that the Invercargill institution should be closed as a training school, that the St. Helens Hospital at Wellington should be enlarged to 100 beds, and the St. Helens Hospital at Christchurcli. enlarged to 50 beds, and that all training would be provided at these hospitals for midwives. Training for graduates and under-graduates would be provided at Dunedin land Auckland. He wished to point out that it would be impossible to train midAvives in a hospital and permit the mother to have her own doctor, as this would mean different standards of treatment. Therefore, the St. Helens hospitals were staffed with obstetric specialists. They were the best that could be provided and the treatment would be of the same standard.

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OBSTETRICS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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OBSTETRICS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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