My right hon. Friend has no statistics giving the information for which my hon. and gallant Friend asks, but in view of the pressure upon all branches of the medical profession, the number must be relatively small.
asked the Minister of Health whether he can, if required, provide or make available a maximum of 50 medical men for the staffing of pensions appeal tribunals, either permanently or on the understanding that they can be released on short notice if urgently required for other purposes?
My right hon. Friend is advised that the pressure on the services of medical men is so severe at the present time that it would be difficult to supply those suitably qualified for this work in the numbers indicated by my hon. and gallant Friend. It must be remembered that any new obligation imposed upon the medical profession in war conditions would prejudicially affect other services.
Is proper attention being given to the possibility of employing men who are discharged from high positions in different Services, who are men of great experience and could be used for this kind of work?
Are not a certain number of medical men in the Services retired on account of age or on account of having held high rank for a certain period, and are there not enough of these people fully to fill all the requirements of pension appeal tribunal purposes? Will the hon. Lady take it from me that I know positively of and that I can give her a list of people who would fill all these places?