HC Deb 03 December 1928 vol 223 cc816-7
2 and 3. Sir GERALD HOHLER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India(1) whether recently there has been an inquiry and report as to the competency of the officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps at Chakrata, United Provinces; and, if so, what, if anything, has been done to improve the medical service at that station, where the Royal Army Medical Corps are responsible for the health of some 2,000 soldiers, 94 wives, and about 200 children during the hot season;

(2) whether, seeing that before October last the Royal Army Medical Corps authorities in India had detailed for hospital duty at Chakrata, United Provinces, a lieutenant-colonel, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was an administrator and had not practised for some years, and a junior officer of only three and a half years' service who had had no previous experience of Eastern diseases, and that there were no nursing sisters provided until strong representations were made, he will take steps to ensure that the hospital is properly staffed both in regard to doctors and nursing sisters in the future?


A court of inquiry was held in September, as stated. As a result, disciplinary action has been taken against the Officer Commanding the British Military Hospital and a junior medical officer, both of whom have been transferred, and against two nursing sisters who had been attached to the hospital on the medical authorities of the Eastern command only telegraphic details are available, but the Government of India are sending a fill report as soon as possible, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend when it is received.

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