HC Deb 12 March 1886 vol 303 cc629-30
SIR GUYER HUNTER (Hackney, Central)

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether young officers of Her Majesty's Indian Medical Service are sent to India without being instructed in ambulance drill, and are thereby placed at a great disadvantage with the officers of the Army Medical Department; and, whether there is any objection to this drawback to their efficiency as Military surgeons being remedied by their undergoing a course of instruction at Aldershot prior to their departure to India?


The option of attending the Aldershot course of instruction, which in August, 1882, had been given to Indian medical officers passing through Netley, was inadvertently withdrawn in April, 1884, on the introduction at Netley of a course of bearer company drill. This, however, will now be corrected; and as the Aldershot course must be optional for Indian officers a reference will be made to the Government of India as to the instruction in that country of those officers who have not passed the Aldershot course.