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Field Hospital Operations

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that at a field hospital, of which he has been privately informed, patients awaiting operations do so in a state of consciousness and in full view of surgeons operating on other patients; and whether he will issue instructions whereby the unnecessary mental suffering so caused shall be avoided?

The protection of the susceptibilities of patients is an important part of the preparations made for operations in the Army and elsewhere, and I am sure that the incident referred to by my hon. Friend is an isolated one which probably occurred in improvised accommodation. I am, however, bringing this case to the notice of the military authorities.