HC Deb 01 October 1942 vol 383 c899
1. Mr. Touche

asked the Minister of Labour, whether, in view of the fact that mistakes made by medical boards in grading entrants for the Services usually only become apparent after the persons concerned have been some time in the Services, any information is given to his Department by the service Ministries as to obvious errors in medical grading so that they may be brought to the attention of the medical boards concerned?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

When a person is discharged from one of the Services on medical grounds, the facts are reported to my Department if there appear to be grounds for thinking that the civilian medical board made an error in grading which could have been avoided. If my medical advisers agree that there may have been an avoidable error, the case is brought to the attention of the board concerned.

Mr. Touche

Can my right hon. Friend give any idea of the number of cases that have been brought to the attention of the boards?

Mr. Bevin

I cannot give the number that has been referred to the boards concerned, but the number of errors is well below 1 per cent.