Disabled Ex-Service Men (Training)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1949.

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Photo of Commander Harry Pursey Commander Harry Pursey , Kingston upon Hull East 12:00 am, 1st November 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the cost to his Department of sending a disabled ex-naval man, of whom he has details, from Scotland to the British Legion workshop for tuberculosis cases at Preston Hall, near Maidstone, on 12th September.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

The total cost involved in sending this man to Preston Hall amounted to £14 0s. 8d., which was paid by the local health authority responsible for his care and after-care, under Section 27 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act, 1947. This expenditure will rank for 50 per cent. grant from the Exchequer.

Photo of Commander Harry Pursey Commander Harry Pursey , Kingston upon Hull East

Why was it necessary to send this non-T.B. case from Ross and Cromarty 400 miles to a private, charitable T.B. rehabilitation workshop in Kent, where he was kept for only one day and then returned home? Is it not possible to rehabilitate Scottish ex-naval men in Scotland?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

This place was considered, in the circumstances, to be the best for the man to go to. Whether it is in England or Scotland ex-naval men should, we think, have the best treatment possible.