HC Deb 27 March 1945 vol 409 c1328W
Sir R. Tasker

asked the Minister of Health whether doctors employed in the Services are forbidden to communicate with medical journals unless approved by higher authority.

Mr. Willink

The medical staff employed by my Department are subject to the rule, applicable to civil servants generally, which requires the sanction of the Head of the Department to the publication of any book or work the subject matter of which is connected with their official duties. This does not preclude them from communicating with medical journals on general professional matters and there is, for example, no obstacle to a medical officer of my Department making any communication to the medical Press on a technical subject which might be of interest or advantage to medical science. With regard to medical officers serving with the Armed Forces of the Crown, my hon. Friend should address his Question to the Minister concerned.