9 April 1948

The Royal College of Nursing's private nurses' section is somewhat apprehensive of the effect of the NHS and National Insurance Acts on their work. While many members hope there will be scope for them to continue, others feel the need for some measure of continuity and stability in their chosen field.

The section therefore recommends that local authorities be required by regulations to provide for the establishment, under the auspices of district nursing associations, of 'pools' of nurses engaged on a whole-time basis, which could be drawn on to provide full-time home nursing or to relieve domiciliary nurses.

They further recommend the minister of health be asked to lay down a national scale of salaries and conditions for private nurses attached to such a pool, as these would form part of the NHS.