Disability Pension (Tuberculosis).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 18th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of W. J. H., late No. 971,162, Royal Field Artillery, who was demobilised in August, 1919, and who applied for a pension in respect of tuberculosis in April, 1921; if he is aware that this has been refused by the Ministry on the ground that the medical advisers were unable to certify that the disability was in any way related to this ex-soldier's service; will he state, if the Ministry does not acknowledge any responsibility, why the man has recently been in one of the Government hospitals at the expense of the Government for treatment for tuber- culosis; and, in view of the fact that he joined up voluntarily as a healthy active man and was passed A 1 into the Service, that he is now in an advanced state of pulmonary tuberculosis, and has no means to live on whatever, will he reconsider the case as a special one and give this man some immediate assistance?

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

The decision of my Department having been confirmed and made final by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, I regret that the application for pension cannot be re-opened I would remind my hon. Friend that treatment for tuberculosis is provided by local authorities for both ex-service men and civilians in accordance with their general scheme of treatment for this disease as approved by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.