VOLUNTEER MEDICAL SERVICE

Thomas Wakley, T. Buzzard, George Erskine, John Wyatt
1865 The Lancet  
ON Tuesday last the deputation which had been appointed tat the meeting of Volunteer Medical Officers on the 10th inst., -had an interview with the Inspector-General of Volunteers at the War Office. Its instructions, in the words of the resolution nominating it, were " to request his sanction to the establishment of a field hospital, under charge of volunteer -medical officers, for the use of the volunteer troops who will take part in the review at Wimbledon on the 22nd instant." The deputation
more » ... nt." The deputation informed the Inspector-General that the -volunteer medical officers were prepared, with his sanction, ,to establish a field hospital for the desired purpose. The Inspector-General replied that as there was already very complete hospital accommodation on the ground he did not .think that Government would sanction the establishment of another hospital. In answer to an inquiry, he stated his impression that there could be no possible objection to volunteer surgeons themselves applying the necessary 'treatment in that hospital to any of their own men who might be injured. As this, however, was a point upon which he could not speak with authority, he would ask the question of the Director-General of the Army Medical Department. The reply should be sent to the Committee if possible by Thursday evening. He remarked that it was evidently in the power of any wounded volunteer to object to be treated by any but his own medical officer. The deputation concluded by stating its conviction that if the point in question could be arranged it would be very satisfactory to the volunteer surgeons, who would avail themselves of the hospital accommodation already on the ground.
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