HC Deb 26 April 1926 vol 194 c1655
57. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the Minister of Health how many regional medical officers are now employed and how many were similarly employed in 1918; what salaries do they get and what are their duties; and whether they are entitled to pensions and at what rate?


There were no regional medical officers employed in 1918. The present number and salaries of officers on this staff are

4 Divisional medical officers at £1,600.
17 Regional medical officers at £1,400.
16 Regional medical officers at £1,000 by £50 to £1,400.
13 Deputy regional medical officers at £800 by £30 to £1,100.
These salaries are all inclusive of bonus, and the posts are pensionable except for those officers who entered the service at 50 or over (21 in number). The duties are concerned chiefly with the insurance medical service and National Health Insurance Funds bear the appropriate share of their emoluments. The officers act as medical referees regarding the incapacity of insured persons for work, and as consultants in giving second opinions in questions of diagnosis. In addition they are required to carry out certain inspections under the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1920, and the Blind Persons Act, 1920, and, as needed, to inspect Poor Law institutions.