Medical Appeal Boards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

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asked the Minister of Pensions why local D.C.M.S. are used as members of appeal boards in view of the fact that it is contrary to the provisions of the Pensions Act which stipulates for the use of D.C.M.S. from other areas in cases of appeal in order that neutrality should be rigorously observed?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

I am not aware of any reference in the War Pensions Acts to the medical officers of my Department known as Deputy Commissioners of Medical Services; but I can inform my hon. Friend that it is not the usual practice for the local or area D.C.M.S. to sit on Medical Appeal Boards which, with few exceptions, are held, not locally, but at regional headquarters.