SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday May 24th at 69 Gt. Russell St.
Present: Dr. H.B. Morgan (Chairman), Mr. R. Calder, Dr. H. Joules, Mr. C.H. Norman, Dr. H.C. Boyde, Professor J.R. Marrack, Mrs. L. Manning, Dr. S.W. Jeger, Mr. Le Gros Clark, Dr. J.A. Gillison, Mr. G. Jeger.
Apologies were received from Mr. Lockyer and the Countess of Huntingdon for their absence.
1) Minutes of meeting held on May 10th were confirmed and signed.
2) Matters arising therefrom:
a) The rescue of the five vehicles from Marseilles. The Organising Secretary reported on his trip to Marseilles and the difficulties encountered there with the French military and customs authorities. He had eventually persuaded the authorities to release the vehicles and contents, and after packing the surgical instruments and similar equipment into 14 cases which were coming by sea to London he and his four companions had driven the ambulances across France to Dieppe. There they were being embarked for England, and arrangements had been made for them to be collected from Newhaven with Trade Plates by Messrs. Keith & Boyle. He submitted the accounts, showing that the cost of bringing the vehicles as far as Dieppe was £82.15.1. This included an amount of approximately £10 spent on oil changing, greasing, etc. in Marseilles, and an amount of 1000 fs. which the Organising Secretary had given for the purchase of soap and ointment to a Spanish Refugee Camp at Lamotte-Beuvron.
The report and accounts were accepted after discussion, and the Secretary's action in going to Marseilles himself to recover the vehicles, instruments etc., was endorsed by 7 votes to 3.
Regarding the sale of the vehicles, Dr. Morgan, Professor Marrack and the Organising Secretary had a consultation with the representatives of Messrs. Keith & Boyle, who had now offered £450 for the five vehicles with their fittings but without the surgical equipment.
This was discussed, and finally it was agreed nem. con. that their offer be accepted.
The disposal of the instruments and medical supplies was then considered and it was agreed that this be referred to the Personnel and Technical Sub-Committee to report and make recommendations.
b) Dr. Quemada had arrived in London with his wife, from Norway. He is without means, and would like to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia and to continue his work there as a surgeon. It was pointed out that this would require an English qualification which would necessitate Dr. Quemada living here for at least a year. It was agreed we could not undertake responsibility for this, and it was therefore decided that Dr. Morgan, Mrs. Manning and Professor Marrack discuss the situation with him and suggest that he might proceed to Mexico to explore the possibilities of permanent settlement.
c) The Organising Secretary reported on the supply of medical equipment for the S.S. " SINAIA ". As a result of telephone calls to and from Perpignan and Paris, it appeared that the C.S.I. had not received the list of medical requisites until Thursday the 18th May, and they notified us that,