Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets

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Office of the Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
Member ofMedical Branch
Reports toSecond Naval Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderSir William Burnett
Formation1841-1844

The Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets was a senior appointment of the Royal Navy established in 1841. The office holder was chief medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty the title of the post holder was changed to Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy in January 1844.[1]

They were responsible for the control and direction of the Medical Department of the Navy which in turn superintended the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service.

History

The origin of this appointment dates back to 1832 with the appointment of the Physician of the Navy that office went through a number name changes into the nineteenth century. In January 1841 the office of Physician-General of the Navy was renamed Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets.[2] The office holder was the medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty. They were responsible for the control and direction of the Department of the Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets which in turn superintends the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service.[3]

Office Holders

  1. Sir William Burnett, 28 January 1841 – 31 December 1843.

Footnotes

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

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.