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Merchant Navy (Contagious Diseases, Treatment)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what steps are being taken to provide facilities for continued treatment of seamen suffering from contagious diseases on board ships that do not carry a medical officer and that may not wait long enough in port to secure continuous treatment?

Every master of a ship is provided with the "Sea Captain's Medical Guide," which contains instructions for the treatment of seamen who fall sick, or who suffer from contagious diseases; and every ship must carry adequate supplies of the appropriate drugs. If necessary, a seaman who suffers from a contagious disease is detained for treatment ashore; if that is not required, then it is the general practice for his doctor to give the directions for his further treatment.