HC Deb 05 April 1955 vol 539 c973
5. Mr. Hastings

asked the Secretary of State for War what administrative arrangements are made to ensure that in peace-time a soldier who feels unwell can, as a right, claim to be seen by a doctor.

Mr. Head

There is normally a daily sick parade at a fixed time attended by a doctor. A soldier who needs urgent medical attention would be seen either by the regimental medical officer or else. if special circumstances demanded, by a civilian doctor.

Mr. Hastings

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he can assure the House that in all cases the determination whether a soldier should be seen by a doctor or not is not made by a person without medical training?

Mr. Head

That is our aim.