Service Men (Medical Examination)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

I have been asked to reply. Arrangements are now in force in all three Services for a comprehensive medical survey of all officers and men to be carried out shortly before release or retirement. The result of this examination is carefuly recorded. Where, subsequently, a claim to pension arises, the applicant is examined by a Ministry of Pensions medical board, whose report, together with the applicant's Service history —including the report of the medical examination on release—and all other relevant evidence is considered before a decision is reached. Many claims succeed notwithstanding that the Service medical report records that nothing abnormal was discovered at the time it was made.