HC Deb 04 May 1922 vol 153 cc1519-20
7. Captain BOWYER

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the great pain which is in many cases being caused to disabled ex-service men living in and around Wolverton from being compelled to travel into Northampton and back again when local treatment is available for their cases; and will he in future arrange local treatment whenever possible, and thus save, not only the time of the ex-service man, but also the expense of railway fares, as well as obviating the discomfort of the journey?


Ministry clinics have been established at various towns throughout the country in order to provide the best specialised treatment for men living in the neighbourhood. Having regard to the comparatively small number of men at Wolverton requiring treatment, there is nothing to be gained by entering into a general local arrangement in preference to utilising the special facilities at the Northampton Clinic. I do not accept the suggestion that great pain is inflicted on men by the journey to this clinic, and if the hon. and gallant Member has knowledge of any such case, I shall be glad if he will let me have particulars.

Captain BOWYER

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are three cases that I know of at Wolverton, all of which, I understand, can be dealt with at Stony Stratford, which is one mile away from where they live, and considerable pain is being caused by making them travel this distance?


If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will give me particulars, I shall be happy, as always, to look into it.

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