Shortly after World War II Dutch hospitals were faced with a shortage of nursing personnel. In a radio broadcast the Minister of Social Affairs addressed young Dutch women and urged them to go into nursing. To attract more attention his speech was later published as well.
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Broadcast speech of the Minister of Social Affairs
Minister Willem Drees seeks to raise public awareness about a threat to national health. You read already something of it at the beginning of the Case Study.
‘Dear listeners: the situation is so alarming that I want to discuss this on the radio.
It is about the shortage of female workers in general and more specifically in the field of nursing. This could have disastrous consequences for the post-war situation...
Young girls are not as willing to do this work as they used to be. This we see with domestic help, laundry girls, typists and the girls who work in workshops and factories.
People want to escape the feeling of strictness and misery which is understandable. But the girls also want something different: E.g. They go into the navy, I noticed that 1500 girls for the Marva were needed and that 70.000 girls applied!
But there is such a shortage of nurses. There are a few men in the hospitals, but I especially call upon women: “Come back to work in our hospitals”.’