Department of the Medical Director-General of the Navy

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Department of the Medical Director-General of the Navy
United Kingdom
Department overview
Formed1917
Preceding Department
Dissolved1966
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the Kingdom of England ]
HeadquartersLondon, England
Department executive
  • Medical Director-General of the Navy
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty, (1917-1964), Navy Department, (1964-2002)


The Department of the Medical Director-General of the Navy and originally called the Medical Department of the Navy was the department responsible for the administration of the Royal Navy Medical Service.

The department was controlled and directed by the Medical Director-General of the Navy from 1917 to 1966 when it was renamed the Medical Department (Naval).

History

In 1692 a more formalised body was created for the treatment for sick and wounded naval personnel at seaport hospitals formally called the Commissioners of the Sick and Hurt Board or simply the Sick and Hurt Board it was a subsidiary office of the Navy Office until 1806, when medical officers of the Royal Navy had been under the direction of the Transport Board. From 1806 the medical officers of the Royal Navy had been under the direction of the Transport Board (with which the ancient Sick and Hurt Board, established in the time of Henry VIII, was combined in that year). In 1817 the Transport Board was combined with the Navy Board, and responsibility for medical officers passed to the Victualling Board. In 1832 the two remaining boards (the Navy Board and the Victualling Board) were abolished by the new First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir James Graham. A Physician of the Navy, reporting to one of the Lords of the expanded Board of Admiralty, was placed in charge of the Medical Department of the Navy the title of this officer was soon changed to Physician-General of the Navy in 1835 then to Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets in 1841, then to Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy in 1844 In 1879 the offices of the Director-General were located at 9 New Street, Spring Gardens. In 1917 the tile head of medical department of the navy was changed again to Medical Director-General of the Navy until 1966.

In Command

Medical Director-General of the Navy

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