Air Transport Auxiliary (Medical Xamination).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production. – in the House of Commons on 4th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether the Air Transport Auxiliary Service has the advantage at its various pools throughout the country of a full-time medical officer; and whether he will arrange for medical officers to examine Air Transport Auxiliary Service pilots each morning before they are allowed to transport aeroplanes, since this procedure would have the effect of diminishing accidents due to the human factor, and be a good investment for his Department in the saving of machines and man-hours, apart from the loss or injury to personnel?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

Medical examination is available at all the Pools of the Air Transport Auxiliary, and I have no reason to think that the present accident rate in the Service has been adversely affected by any lack of these facilities. I am, however, having the matter re-examined in the light of my hon. Friend's suggestion.