HC Deb 20 February 1918 vol 103 cc754-5W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the War Office has yet taken steps, or intends to take any steps, to inaugurate institutions for nerve-strained soldiers of the rank and file where un certifiable cases can be detained under War Office control for treatment by staffs largely recruited from those accustomed to the care of lunatics; if so, what is the number and location of the institutions contemplated; how many soldiers are to be detained in each; what are the names of the medical men entrusted with, this undertaking; and what definite arrangements will be made for the early discharge of such men to the care of local committees under the Pensions Ministry, with a view to their speedy restoration to industrial civilian life when adjudged to be no longer of any service to the Army?


The War Office is taking steps to establish institutions for the care of nerve-strained soldiers, and medical officers are being specially trained for the treatment of this class of case. Eight are already organised, four are in process of establishment, and others are contemplated. They will take patients in varying numbers up to 500. The medical officers' names are as follows:

Lieut.-Colonel Mott, Maudsley Section, 4th London General Hospital, S.E.

Major Rows, Red Cross Military Hospital, Maghull.

Major Worth, Springfield War Hospital, Upper Tooting, S.W.

Lieut.-Colonel Fox, 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth.

Major Hurst, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley.

Major Mackenzie, Glen Lomond War Hospital, Fife.

Captain Culpin, 1st Southern General Hospital, Monyhull Section, Birmingham.

Captain Clements, Bradford War Hospital, "Abram Peel" Section.

The cases will be treated in military hospitals for such time as it is considered necessary to determine whether they will be fit for military service or should be discharged.