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Artificial Limbs

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 18 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men discharged from the Army with the loss of a limb, due to an accident sustained when technically off duty, are only supplied with one artificial limb; and whether he will give instructions for a duplicate limb to be issued in such cases so that the disabled man should not be handicapped if the original limb breaks down, especially having regard to the fact that the Admiralty have decided to issue duplicate limbs in similar cases?

Instructions have been issued that for the period of the war the issue of artificial limbs to soldiers suffering from non-attributable disabilities should be allowed on the same conditions as apply to soldiers suffering from attributable disabilities, but this concession does not, of course, constitute any admission of attributability in such cases.