Department of the Physician-General of the Navy
Department of the Physician-General of the Navy
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Preceded by Department of the Physician of the Navy
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1832
Abolished 1841
Headquarters London, England
Head Physician-General of the Navy
Role Management of Medical Services
Affiliations Royal Navy
Parent Department Department of Admiralty
Succeeded by Department of the Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets

The Department of the Physician-General of the Navy and originally called the Department of the Physician of the Navy was the admiralty department responsible for the administration of Royal Naval Medical Service it was commanded by the Physician-General of the Navy from 1835 to 1841 when it was renamed the Department of the Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets.

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. 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, 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 2002.

2) Key Officials

2.1) Physician of the Navy

  1. Sir William Burnett, 9 Jun 1832-1835

2.1) Physician-General of the Navy

  1. Sir William Burnett, 1835-27 January 1841

3) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy_Medical_Service
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