§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Minister of Pensions whether the refusal of a major operation is in any circumstances prejudicial to a pensioner's claim for reassessment of his pension; whether, in the case of Mr. E. M. Maton, of 9, Monkton Place, Ramsgate, the recommendation to operative treatment at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, last month is not regarded as restoring the Ministry's view of Mr. Maton's condition from the time of his previous operation in April, 1924, until November last year, when 1206W there was a reported recovery of 10 per cent.; and whether he will cause a reinvestigation of the case in the light of the new evidence afforded by X-ray examination and treatment in hospital?
§ Major TRYON
The penalty provided under Article 4 of the Warrant by way of direct reduction of pension would not be applied in such a case, but a claim to an actual increase of pension on account of an increase of disablement following on the refusal of a course of treatment, considered by my medical officers to be both advisable and reasonable, could not be admitted. The condition which was found in hospital last month does not show that the assessment given in November and confirmed by the Medical Appeal Board in December was incorrect, and there are no grounds for a re-investigation.