COHSE Conference 1968
Queen’s English resolution rejected by delegates
The Conference, having regard to the difficulties of both patients and staff, agrees that representation be made to limit the employment of non-
English speaking nursing staff (particularly student nurses). Employment of such staff should not exceed, say, 10 per cent in any hospital.
M. A. Taylor (Hellingly): moving
There is no colour bar in this resolution. We have coloured people at Hellingly, we take them into our stride, they are members of my organisation and we welcome them if they can speak the Queen's English. Some of the sisters have to ring round to other wards to get somebody who can speak French and English to interpretate to girls to tell them what to do.
FRENCH AND SPANISH
A. L. Ruler (Maidstone) seconded:
I purchased a paper last night and in this paper was a case of three student nurses from
I WAS FOREIGN"
Mrs. M. L. White (
If you are going to review foreign nurses coming into this country, what are you going to put in their place? I hear remarks from the patients themselves: "I like foreign nurses." Not very often you hear that they dislike foreign nurses.
Peter Owusu (Charge nurse at Queen Mary's Hospital,
I would like to tell delegates that the sentiments which I have heard 'during the Conference from Monday up to the present time will remain in the annals of my life. I will carry back home to
If the mover of this motion spoke of inadequacy or of those who have not control of the English language I would understand it. Before student nurses are employed they are given a form to fill and their academic qualifications are put in, and English language is one of the prominent things required. We shouldn't allow a political arena to spring out of this thing.