HC Deb 11 March 1875 vol 222 cc1604-5

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is true that both British subjects and foreigners have been and are still permitted to sign the Articles of British Ships as Surgeons, and to serve on such British Ships as Surgeons, who are not possessed of a diploma or other qualification required by Act of Parliament, and whose names do not appear on the Medical List published under authority; and, whether such persons are authorized to sign the usual and necessary professional certificates without their names having so appeared in such authorized Medical List?


Sir, some few foreign practitioners have been appointed to British passenger ships with diplomas of their own country, as provided for insuitable cases under the Passengers Act. Neither British nor foreign subjects have, to my knowledge, been appointed as medical officers of passenger ships not duly authorized under the requirements of the Passengers Act, 1865, which, however, are specially excepted from the Medical List Act Either of these practitioners, British or foreign, are, therefore, authorized to sign the usual and necessary professional certificates.