HC Deb 04 July 1927 vol 208 cc876-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many European and how many Indian medical officers, respectively, have entered and retired from the Indian Medical Service in each of the years 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927; what is the total number of each category now serving; and what is the proportion of Europeans to Indians that is considered requisite for the satisfactory working of the service in the military and civil branches, respectively?


The table below shows the recruitment of, and casualties among, permanent officers of the Indian Medical Service during the years 1923–27.

Year Recruitment. Casualties from all Causes, i.e., Retirements on Pension, Deaths, Removals, and Resignations.
European. Indian. European. Indian.
1923 17 41 4
1924 21 17 1
1925 11 10 31 1
1926 12 3 29 3
1927 12 2 16 1
to date.

According to the latest Army List, there are now 489 British and 158 Indian officers holding permanent commissions in the Indian Medical Service.

The ratio of approximately one Indian to two European officers has been accepted for both the civil and the military sides of the Indian Medical Service.