HC Deb 23 July 1968 vol 769 cc93-4W
Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will give the timetable for the reductions he proposes to make in the complement of one surgeon-rear-admiral, three surgeon-captains, seven surgeon-commanders, four surgeon-lieutenant-commanders, five surgeon-lieutenants, one squadron-leader, two executive officers, 28 clerks and typists, one catering supervisor, one principal matron, two matrons, five superintending sisters, 41 sisters, 49 nurses and 60 medical ratings at present in Malta.

Dr. David Owen

The rundown is planned as follows:

End 1969 End 1970 End 1971 April 1973
Medical and Dental Officers 17 11 11 9
Nursing Officers 38 29 19 18
Nurses 40 34 22 15
Medical Ratings 62 52 38 26
Civilians numbers will be reduced to match.

Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what medical officers are stationed in Malta other than those at the Royal Navy Hospital.

Dr. David Owen

Five Naval and one R.A.F. Medical Officers man a Combined Services Family Medical Centre which provides treatment for families throughout the Island. One Naval Medical Officer serves at the Naval Base, H.M.S. St. Angelo, for general care of men in the Base. Three Army Medical Officers are borne for regimental and medical administrative duties. Three R.A.F. Medical Officers are borne at the R.A.F. Station Luqa, for general medical duties and to meet special requirements connected with flying.