Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
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Indian women are generally unwilling to avail themselves of the services of male doctors, and wherever a hospital organisation of any size exists, whether it be provided by an employer or by a local body the addition to the medical staff of a woman doctor is to be commended. Such an appointment immediately changes the outlook of the women towards the medical facilities placed at their disposal. A woman doctor is not only able to take complete charge of the women's and children's department, but can very frequently get serious cases into hospital which would not otherwise be brought. The development of women's clinics, the management of maternity wards and the supervision of child welfare centres and creches are all legitimate and desirable expansions of medical and welfare work, which only become possible when a woman doctor is available. She should also be able to supervise the trained midwives practising in her area, and even to gain the confidence of the untrained dais, thus in time raising the standard of their work. Indeed, she should be in control of all activities dealing with the health and welfare of the women and children. Medical women are increasing in numbers throughout India, and we feel sure that, if appointments of the kind we suggest were made available, many of them would be attracted to the industrial areas with their opportunities for successful careers.