HC Deb 14 February 1927 vol 202 cc575-6W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) from what date it is proposed to appoint a native doctor, to succeed a European doctor, at Dunkwa, Gold Coast Colony, where there are over 40 European residents, including women; and, seeing that the nearest European doctors to Dunkwa are at Sekondi and Kumasi, 6½ and 4½ hours away, respectively, with only one train a day in each case, will he appoint a European doctor at Dunkwa;

(2) whether, seeing that a European doctor has been put in charge of a native hospital at Elmina, he will say why he or some other European doctor should not be appointed to Dunkwa?


It is the policy of His Majesty's Government that natives of West Africa who are qualified medical men and otherwise suitable for public employment should be engaged in the Government service in West Africa. Three African medical officers are employed in the Gold Coast out of a total medical staff of 67. My hon. Friend will of course understand that it must rest with the Colonial Government to make the best use of the staff at its disposal; and I cannot see my way to interfere with the Governor's exercise of his discretion in a matter of this kind.