HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 c353W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a great many men have been demobilised without being medically examined, and that immediately on demobilisation they have had to enter military hospitals for treatment when their disabilities, in many cases, have been assessed at over 20 per cent.; and whether, in view of the dissatisfaction felt, he will arrange that all men should be medically examined prior to demobilisation so that they can claim, if necessary, a pension forthwith?


All men in hospitals are medically examined before being demobilised. All men from units are given an opportunity of making a claim for a disability, and if they do so they are medically examined. If they do not claim at the time, they are not examined but arrangements are made by which, if they afterwards claim, the local war pensions committee investigate the case, and secure that their claims, if correct, are established. A few cases have occurred in the last category where men have gone into military hospitals, but I understand that the number is not considerable.