HC Deb 14 December 1922 vol 159 cc3173-4W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he has received complaints from ex-service men regarding the methods adopted by medical boards respecting their examinations; whether he is aware that numbers of men who have recently appeared before these boards complain that proper examination does not take place; and whether, in view of the serious nature of these complaints, he will institute an inquiry with a view to allaying suspicion and distrust?


I have received some complaints of this nature which, I am glad to say, have proved on investigation to be without substance. Full instructions have been given to medical boards in order to ensure an adequate examination of all cases, and the work of the boards is subject to periodic inspection by officers from the headquarters of the Ministry. I am satisfied that the medical boards discharge their duties with efficiency and at the same time with every consideration for the men.