HC Deb 08 March 1945 vol 408 cc2243-4W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the example submitted to him of the dissatisfaction amongst senior medical officers serving abroad at the small proportion of newly-qualified medical practitioners who are called up for military service abroad in exchange for senior officers and the large number who are drafted into the Emergency Medical Service at home; and whether he will inquire into and remedy these conditions.

Mr. Willink

I have considered the letter which my hon. Friend has forwarded to me, but I would point out that the great majority of newly qualified medical practitioners fit for military service are already being called up after short periods in resident hospital appointments, which are necessary to provide the experience required for subsequent military service. Resident hospital posts are limited in number to the minimum war-time establishments approved for each hospital by the Central Medical War Committee and it is the policy of that Committee wherever possible to call up the holders of the senior posts after a certain period so that a proper flow of young practitioners through these posts to the Forces may be maintained.

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