§ Mr. STRANGER
asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been 2771W called to the case of an ex-service man, Mr. Frederick Charles Bellinger, Hambridge Road, Newbury, late of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, private, No. 16646, who was a war casualty on the 21st December, 1915, wounded in the left leg, and has since been suffering constantly from the injury sustained; whether he is aware that successive medical boards have considered the case in Birmingham, 1916 (in hospital nearly two years), Reading, 1917, 1918 (20 per cent. disability), 1919 (40 per cent. disability), 1920 (20 per cent. disability), 1921 (30 per cent. disability), but that at Chelsea in 1922, a final award has been made, although the man was, and is, permanently disabled; that his leg is useless and gives constant pain; and whether, in these circumstances, he will give the matter immediate reconsideration?
The final award made in this case was arrived at after careful examination by specialists, and was confirmed on appeal by the independent Appeal Tribunal. No complaint has since been received from the man as to his condition in respect of this disability, hut if he considers that his condition has worsened, he should apply to the Area Office for medical treatment, when his condition will be fully and carefully considered.