W.R.N.S. (Medical Treatment).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what arrangements have been in force and are now in prospect for the treatment in hospital or otherwise of members of the Women's Royal Naval Service at home ports and elsewhere in order to prevent cases of various types of infectious diseases, such as infantile paralysis, measles, &c., being treated in the same ward and sometimes in neighbouring beds?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

Members of the W.R.N.S. are entitled to the same medical treatment as other naval personnel. When a member of the W.R.N.S. is diagnosed as suffering from an infectious disease, she is admitted for treatment to the zymotic department of a naval hospital or sick quarters, where cases of different infectious diseases are segregated from one another in separate wards or cubicles. If suitable accommodation were not available at a naval hospital or sick quarters, she would be transferred to an Emergency Service hospital or isolation hospital.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is it not a fact that there have been instances recently of people suffering from various types of infectious disease being placed in beds alongside other beds?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

I do not think so, but if my hon. and gallant Friend will give me particulars of any case I will inquire into it.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Cannot something be done to increase the accommodation which is required for the observation of these cases, because it was omitted when the hospitals were first built?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

I will consider that.