HC Deb 25 April 1940 vol 360 c344
11. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour whether all medical practitioners who are now to be called up for military service according to their age groups are given a commission; what is the position of such medical practitioners when they decline a commission; and whether those who so decline will be compelled to serve in a non-medical capacity in the ranks or will be allowed to continue medical work of a civil character?

Mr. E. Brown

No medical practitioner will be called up for military service without being offered a commission as a medical officer. I cannot believe that medical practitioners called up in these circumstances would decline to accept a commission, but if such a case should arise, the man concerned clearly could not be allowed on that account to escape his liability for military service.

Mr. Sorensen

May I take it that if a medical practitioner does refuse a commission, he will be called upon to serve in the ranks?

Mr. Brown

He will have his liability for military service subject to the general law, which applies to all in the same way.