HC Deb 07 February 1945 vol 407 cc2080-1W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Health what body or committee determines the priority as between the three Services in regard to medical personnel; and whether it has recently had its attention directed to the danger of calling up any further medical men and women from civilian life, especially in rural areas.

Mr. Willink

The allocation of doctors as between the three Services and as between those Services and the civil population is determined by the Government with the advice of the Medical Personnel (Priority) Committee presided over by the hon. Baronet the Member for Norwich (Sir G. Shakespeare). This Committee, which contains representatives of various branches of the medical profession as well as of the Services, has had the subject under continuous review since it was constituted in 1941. The Government is fully alive to the aspect of the matter referred to in the second part of the Question and to other relevant considerations.