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Officers (Hospital Charges)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 27 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider amending the Pay Warrant so that officers in His Majesty's Forces will.not, as now, be obliged to pay 2s. 6d. per day hospital charges while they are patients in the Emergency Medical Service or any other grade of military hospital, whether or not their injuries are directly attributable to military service so long as it is not the result of their own misconduct; and whether Naval or Royal Air Force officers have to pay this charge?

These payments are not in the circumstances unreasonable and I do not consider that the change suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend is justified. No charge is made in the case of admissions for wounds received in action or illness contracted in the field. Royal Air Force officers make the same payments as Army officers. The rules in force in the Navy differ in this as in other respects.