§ Mr. Roebuck
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will give details of the shortages of naval medical staff.
§ Dr. David Owen
The present position is:—
Establishment Bearing Deficiency Medical officers 361 313 48 Medical Branch ratings 1,297 1,152 145 Q.A.R.N.N.S. Nurses 400 367 33
It is relevant that, even allowing for reductions of complements to match the rundown of the Royal Navy, recruitment of both medical officers and medical ratings is still not satisfactory.