HC Deb 15 August 1889 vol 339 c1348

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether Dr. Richard Nicholls, of Navan, who was for over 17 years Civil Medical Officer to the regular troops stationed in that town, and also for some years Medical Officer to the Meath Militia, has recently, under some new regulation, been deprived of these appointments without compensation; and, whether, considering the length of Dr. Nicholls' service, he will recommend his case to the Treasury for compensation?


Dr. Nicholls held no appointment. He was employed, as medical men are all over the kingdom, to attend at contract rates detachments of troops when no Military Medical Officer should be present. A Military Medical Officer having been stationed at Navan, the necessity for Dr. Nicholls's service ceased. It has always been a condition of the employment of a civilian medical practitioner that his employment might cease at any time without notice and without the creation of any claim to compensation.