HC Deb 07 March 1962 vol 655 cc381-2
14. Sir C. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what is the current annual cost of the Royal Marine Hospital at Deal; if he will give separately the number and rank of doctors, nurses and other staff employed there; how many naval personnel have been treated there in the last 12 months; and how each of these figures compares with the corresponding figures five years ago.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

When in full operation the annual cost is estimated at £72,000. Officers, ratings and civilians manning the sick quarters total 56. As the quarters were under reconstruction during 1961, facilities were limited, but the average number of cases treated in each of the last four months of that year was 53. Since the close of R.N. Hospital, Chatham, Deal will cater for all naval patients, and surgical cases for all three Services in the south-east area. This makes comparison with five years ago invalid.

I will, with permission, circulate details of the staff employed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir C. Thornton-Kemsley

Do not the details of the staff show a considerable increase in both numbers and rank without a commensurate increase in the number of Service patients using the facilities of the hospital?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

In January, 1962, 143 new patients were admitted to the hospital. While it is true that the staff has increased, so have the medical commitments which that staff has to look after, as I said in my original Answer.

Following are the details:

Staff employed at the RM. Sick Quarters, Deal
Surgeon Captain 1
Surgeon Lieut-Commander 1
Surgeon Lieutenant 3
Surgeon Commander (Dental) 1
Surgeon Lieutenant (Dental) 2
Wardmaster Lieutenant 1
Supt. Sister 1
Senior Nursing Sister 3
Nursing Sister 1
Sick Berth C.P.O. 1
Sick Berth P.O. 4
Leading S.B.A. 5
S.B.A. 10
W.R.N.S. S.B.A. (Dental) 2
Non-Industrial 2
Industrial 18