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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Posting of Medical Officers

Posting of Medical Officers

At a conference of senior medical officers called by DDMS 2 NZEF on 12 June, the reconstruction of the medical units was discussed. Officers commanding hospitals stated which officers it was essential to retain on hospital staffs by reason of age, special training, or disabilities. All other officers were to be made available for exchange with officers of divisional medical units.

The exchanges were limited in number as the ADMS NZ Division did not wish to part with his own officers just as they had become most efficient in field work. Some medical officers made requests for particular positions on the basis of alleged undertakings given to them in New Zealand. Such adjustments could not always be easily achieved and Brigadier MacCormick reported to DGMS Army Headquarters that, in his opinion, the only condition on which officers should proceed overseas was that they should undertake duties irrespective of time, place, or conditions. In his reply the DGMS maintained that he had made no promises of specific duties.