June 28, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)

UNION

Robert James Manion

Unionist

Mr. MANION:

It has been my experience that occasionally the pension awarded is not anything like commensurate with the injury that the soldier received at the front; and considerable correspondence and a certain amount of controversy has been necessary in order to get a new medical board for the man concerned. I suggest that the minister impress upon the Board of Pension Commissioners the necessity of allowing new medical boards to be held whenever doubt is expressed by a competent medical man as to the fairness of the treatment accorded to a soldier by the board. I do not think it should be necessary in such cases to carry on an extended correspondence. The board have been too strict in this regard. I know that they are trying to carry out their duties as well as they can and that they meet with many difficulties, and I do not wish to offer any captious criticism; but I think that arrangements should be made, either by the appointment of a travelling medical board or in some other way, to ensure that where a competent medical man considers that a soldier has not been treated fairly, that soldier shall, in short order, get a new medical board to decide upon his disability and the amount of his pension.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.
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