HC Deb 15 November 1944 vol 404 cc1937-8
13. Mr. Messer

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent men suffering from osteomyelitis are retained in the R.A.F.; and, as this disease is liable to recurrent outbreaks of a serious character, will be consider the discharge, on health grounds, of any men so retained on as early a date as conditions permit.

Captain Balfour

An airman with a medical history of osteomyelitis is retained only if it is decided after careful review of all the relevant medical factors that he is fit for service and that his retention is unlikely to cause a recurrence of the disability. In view of the individual consideration accorded to this type of case, the course suggested by my hon. Friend in the second part of the Question would not be warranted.

Mr. Messer

Can I accept that as an assurance that people suffering from this complaint are engaged only on duties which would not be likely to aggravate it?

Captain Balfour

If any man suffers from this complaint, or any other complaint, we try to grade his duties according to his disability.

Dr. Morgan

Is it not a fact that many cases of this nature are being relieved and cured by proper treatment with penicillin?

Captain Balfour

That is a question I am not qualified to answer.