HC Deb 27 July 1896 vol 43 cc694-5
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he will explain the reason for the inequality of treatment which exists between the native and European doctors officially employed on the Gold Coast, under which English surgeons get leave every year, and when they come to Europe, not only have a free passage, but full pay during their absence, from the Colony, whereas their native brethren have to wait several years before they can obtain a temporary release from their duties, and have then to pay their passage, and only receive half pay for half the period of their leave.


This treatment is not peculiar to doctors, but the Colony cannot afford to give the same terms as to leave which are necessary to enable Europeans to work on the Gold Coast, to men, who, being natives, are inured to the climate, and do not want a frequent change to a cold climate.