§ MR. O'LEARY
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, What is the number of surgeons who have tendered their resignation during the last five years; whether the cause assigned for a large number of such resignations at the time of application has not been dissatisfaction at the treatment of medical officers in the Navy; whether he can state the number of cases in which such resignations have been refused; and, whether it is true that the majority of surgeons appointed within the past five years to the Naval Medical Service have been mainly those rejected by the Medical Examining Boards of the Army and Indian Medical Service?
§ MR. HUNT
, in reply, said, that the number of naval surgeons who had tendered their resignation during the last five years was 25; but that the cause assigned for resignation had not in any case been dissatisfaction at the treatment which the medical officers of the Navy had experienced. Six tenders of resignation had been refused temporarily, but ultimately accepted. It was not true that the majority of surgeons appointed within the last five years to the naval medical service had been those rejected by the examining boards of the Army and Indian Medical Service. No person, so rejected, had been received into the Naval service. The hon. Member was probably not aware that there had been a recent Order in Council improving the condition of medical officers in the Navy.