Department of the Physician of the Navy

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Department of the Physician of the Navy
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Department overview
Formed1832
Preceding Department
Dissolved1835
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the Kingdom of England ]
HeadquartersLondon, England
Department executive
  • Physician of the Navy
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Department of the Physician of the Navy was the admiralty department responsible for the administration of the Naval Medical Service. The department was controlled and directed by the Physician of the Navy from 1832 to 1835 when it was renamed the Department of the Physician General of the Navy..[1]

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.[2] 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).[3] In 1817 the Transport Board was combined with the Navy Board, and responsibility for medical officers passed to the Victualling Board.[4] In 1832 the two remaining boards (the Navy Board and the Victualling Board) were abolished by the new First Lord, 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.[5] In 1835 the department was renamed Department of the Physician General of the Navy the former head of this departments title was changed to the title of this officer was soon changed to Physician-General of the Navy.[6]

Head of Department

Physician of the Navy

Footnotes

  1. Davis, Peter. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
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Bibliography

  1. Davis, Paul. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.