asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there is grave disquiet amongst medical practitioners at the fact that many officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps are engaged exclusively, or principally, on administrative and non-professional work; and whether he will cause the matter to be investigated and corrected and so reduce the demands upon civilian practitioners for service with the Armed Forces?
§ Captain Margesson
I am not aware of any grave disquiet, but it is the fact that, as happens also in civil departments, many officers of the Royal Army. Medical Corps are engaged exclusively on administrative work, which could not be efficiently performed by laymen. There are certain appointments which have in the past been held by medical men, but can, by an adjustment of duties, be held by non-medical men. These are now being 193W reviewed. Some medical officers have already been replaced, and the remainder will be replaced where possible.