HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 c612W
Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Health what steps he has taken for the inspection of first-aid posts; and whether his inspectors are required to be acquainted with the lessons to be learned from the results of modern aerial warfare, for example, in Spain?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Additional medical officers, known as assistant hospital officers, have been appointed, with the inspection of first-aid post arrangements as one of their most important duties. These officers are acquainted with the medical and surgical requirements arising from modern aerial warfare.

Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the fact that in Barcelona a system of aid posts and mobile units similar to that which exists in this country had to be abolished because it proved impossible to prevent the reception of serious cases at these posts, from which they could not be evacuated to hospitals without fatal delay, and to the further fact that the death rate was notably diminished by the abolition of aid posts and mobile units; and whether he is satisfied that such delays as occurred at Barcelona can be avoided in this country?

Mr. MacDonald

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a similar Question which he asked on 16th November last.