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Medical Services in New Zealand and The Pacific

VII: Conclusion

VII: Conclusion

Summing up the war experience of the naval medical service of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the following points are stressed:


The proved value of a reserve of trained medical officers and the necessity for similar reserves of sick-berth personnel. Naval mobilisation is largely dependent for its effect on the speed with which it can be carried out and requires trained personnel immediately available for service. The lack of such sick-berth reserves in the early stages of the war left the New Zealand Navy dependent on assistance from the Royal Navy.


The necessity for adequate examination of all mobilised personnel and the maintenance of efficient standards for all types of naval employment.


The advantages of conducting examinations and boards by service medical officers.


No system of selection of recruits is perfect and the training period affords the best opportunity for reviewing and checking the suitability of entries before they are sent to sea. The practice of despatching drafts to the United Kingdom with little or no preliminary training resulted in wastage which might have been avoidable.


The relation of habitability of ships to fighting efficiency and morale.


The desirability of increased efforts to prevent the introduction of cases of incipient pulmonary tuberculosis into the Navy.