Discharged Personnel (Tuberculosis)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Mr Joseph Sparks Mr Joseph Sparks , Acton 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what was the number of personnel discharged from the Navy suffering from tuberculosis in 1947 and subsequent years; and whether such discharged personnel receive X-ray examinations at the time their medical unfitness for further service is determined.

Mr. Dugdale:

As the answer to the first part of the Question contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. With regard to the second part of the Question, all who are under treatment for tuberculosis are given progressive X-ray examinations prior to the decision to invalid them.

Photo of Mr Joseph Sparks Mr Joseph Sparks , Acton

Would my right hon. Friend say whether naval personnel may at their own request receive an X-ray examination at such time as they suspect that they may be affected by this disease?

Mr. Dugdale:

They do; they are always examined.

Photo of Mr Joseph Sparks Mr Joseph Sparks , Acton

At their own request?

Mr. Dugdale:

Yes, they could be examined at their own request now.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are men being discharged without an X-ray examination at present who afterwards discover that they are suffering from T.B.? If they make a claim, will he accept liability?

Mr. Dugdale:

That is quite another question. We should have to consider individual cases.

Following is the answer:

1947
PulmonaryNon-PulmonaryTotal
Male1,436571,493
Female651378
Total1,501701,571
1948
Male971631,034
Female34236
Total1,005651,070
1949 (up to 31st May)
Male34615361
Female516
Total35116367