Admiralty Circular 188
Admiralty Circular 188

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CIRCULAR, No. 188.

Admiralty, March 3rd, 1855.


The following Rules and Regulations have been established under Her Majesty's Order in Council, of 25th February last:—
Medical Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets to be entitled to the increased Full Pay of 2l. 2s. a day, after five years' service in that rank. The principle of retirement for Medical Inspectors and Deputy Inspectors is to be assimilated to that of Naval Surgeons, by allowing them to count the whole period of their service in the Navy, instead of limiting it to that period served as Inspector and Deputy Inspector respectively.

Scale of Pay and Half Pay for Inspectors and Deputy Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets.

Rank.Full Pay.Half Pay.
p. diem.p. ann.p. diem.p. ann.
 ₤. s. d.₤. s. d.₤. s. d.₤. s. d.
Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets1 11 6574 17 60 17 6319 7 6
" after 5 years service as such2 2 0766 10 01 1 0883 5 0
Deputy Inspectors of Hospitals and Fleets1 0 0365 0 00 15 0273 15 0
" after 7 years service as such• •• •0 17 6319 7 6
With such further allowance when employed
in Hospitals on shore as the Board of
Admiralty may think proper.

Scale of Retiring Allowances for Inspectors and Deputy Inspectors.

Active ServiceRetirement.
per diemper annum
 ₤. s. d.₤. s. d.
Inspectors, from date of Promotion to the Rank
(unless entitled to a higher rate by previous service).
0 17 6319 7 6
" after 20 years' service including 3 years as Inspector of Hospitals1 1 6392 7 0
After 25 years' service1 4 3442 11 3
" 30 "1 7 0492 15 0
" 35 "1 9 8541 8 4
" 40 "1 12 6593 2 6
Deputy Inspectors, from date of Promotion to the Rank
(unless entitled to a higher rate by previous service).
0 15 0273 15 0
" after 20 years' service including 3 years as Deputy Inspector0 17 6319 7 6
After 25 years' service0 19 9360 8 9
" 30 "1 2 0401 10 0
" 35 "1 4 3442 11 3
" 40 "1 6 6483 12 6

An intermediate grade between that of Deputy Medical Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets, and Surgeons, to be instituted and denominated "Staff Surgeons," it will consist of the following Officers, viz.:—
1st. — The Chief Surgeon of any of the Home Dock Yards, and of the Royal Marine Infirmaries, if not holding superior rank.
2nd. — The Surgeon and Medical Storekeeper of Naval Hospitals.
3rd. — The Surgeons in charge of Naval Hospitals whilst so employed.
4th. — The Surgeons of Ships bearing the Flag of a Commander in Chief on Foreign Stations, when no Deputy Inspector of Hospitals is borne on board, these last mentioned Officers under the 4th head to be allowed one shilling per diem, in addition to their established pay as Surgeons, such allowance together with the designation to cease on the Flag being struck, or on the Admiral ceasing to command in Chief.
By the existing Regulations Inspectors retire at 70 years of age, and Deputy Inspectors at 65, and Surgeons employed in the Dock Yard and Royal Marine Infirmaries, will be required to retire from those appointments on attaining the latter age.
The Full Pay of Assistant Surgeons on Sea Service to be increased according to the scale annexed:—

Scale of Increase to Sea Pay of Assistant Surgeons.

 ₤. s. d.₤. s. d.
In ships where no surgeon is borne if above 10 years Full Pay service0 10 10 10 1
Do. do. if under 10 years.0 8 10 9 1
In ships where a surgeon is borne if above 10 years Full Pay service.0 9 10 9 7
Do. do. if above 3 years do.0 7 70 8 2
Do. do. if under 3 years do.0 7 10 8 1

It is intended to employ Medical Students as Dressers for temporary service on the Home or Baltic Stations, subject to such regulations as their Lordships from time to time may find it necessary to direct; their period of service to extend from about the 1st of April, to September or October, and in order that they may have the opportunity of resuming their studies during the Winter, they will be discharged from the service at one of the principal sea ports in this country, about the latter period.
Their pay will be at the rate of six shillings and sixpence a day with rations, and upon their joining the Ship to which they may be appointed, they will be permitted to draw for three months pay to advance; should they be appointed to a Ship at a distant place they are to be granted a free pass per rail; their rank to be equal but subordinate to that of Acting Assistant Surgeons; they will be required to join the Midshipman's Mess, paying monthly as supernumeraries their share of the expenses, they are to be allowed to wear the undress uniform of an Assistant Surgeon, R.N., with the cap and band, and a sword; should these Gentlemen be able to obtain certificates of good conduct from the Captains and Surgeons of the Ship or Ships in which they have served, on being discharged they will be allowed a gratuity, not exceeding Twenty or Twenty Five Pounds.

By Command of their Lordships
R. Osborne.
To all Commanders in Chief, Captains, Commanders, and Commanding Officers of H.M. Ships and Vessels.

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