HC Deb 19 February 1919 vol 112 cc913-4
42. Mr. LYLE

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider speeding up the demobilisation of doctors and nurses in view of the fact that the civil hospitals are seriously understaffed and also that the civil population is suffering seriously and unnecessarily owing to the Army retaining so many members of these professions?

Captain GUEST

Every effort is being made to release as many doctors and nurses from the Army as can be spared, but so long as the hospitals both at home and abroad have to care for such large numbers of sick and wounded, it will be necessary to retain a large number of medical officers and nurses.


Does the hon. Gentleman realise that the health of the people of this country depends on the action which the War Office are taking?

Captain GUEST

Yes. The War Office thoroughly appreciate the position.