HC Deb 06 February 1945 vol 407 cc1936-7W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Health how many medical officers of health for counties, county boroughs or urban district councils are at present being enrolled for work in the freed countries of Europe; how many have been so notified and have agreed to take up this work; and what arrangements are being made to look after the public health of this country in view of the present scarcity of medical personnel in civilian life.

Mr. Willink

The number of local authorities who have been invited to consider the temporary release of medical officers for service with the Civil Affairs organisation in the liberated countries of Europe is 40. So far 14 authorities have signified their consent. When a medical officer is being seconded in this way arrangements for carrying on his public health duties in the area concerned are being made by re-organisation of the authority's medical staff, or in some instances by transferring or sharing the services of a medical officer of another authority.