SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
A Committee Meeting was held on Wednesday March 8th at 24 New Oxford St.
Present: Dr. Joules (Chairman), Dr. J. Wright, Mrs, I. Brown, Mrs. L. Manning, Dr. J. Gillison, Mr. R. Calder, Lord Faringdon, Mr. J. Coyne, Mr. C.H. Norman, Mr. G. Jeger,
1) Minutes of the meeting on March 8th were confirmed and signed.
2) Matters arising:
a) New Premises. The National Joint Committee had inspected these premises with us but had intimated that they were too small to be taken jointly. They were seeking something with at least equivalent accommodation for themselves alone. In view of the cheapness of the rent and the probability of this being reduced by sub-letting to other organisations, it was agreed that the house at 69 Great Russell Street be taken on a quarterly tenancy as from the 25th of March. The Organising Secretary was asked to submit a report to the next meeting of the Committee on the furniture that would be required. Mrs. Brown kindly offered to assist in obtaining some desks and other equipment.
b) Dr. Joules reported that Nurse Margaret Finley would be in hospital for about another week, and would require treatment for some considerable time after that. We would be liable for the bill for her hospital treatment.
c) Our vehicles confiscated at Marseilles. Mr. Pollock of the Foreign Office had asked for a full statement to be sent to him officially, when he would take up the matter with the Consul-General at Marseilles. It was decided that on their release we endeavour to use the vehicles for the care of the refugees in the camps, if possible, rather than send them to Valencia.
d) The Organising Secretary reported that, the day after the last Committee Meeting, he had received from the three Spanish nurses in France a letter of thanks for the 1500 francs paid to them by the C.S.I. on our behalf.
Attempts were being made to get them into this country, but as it was understood that the British Government is granting only 100 visas for Spaniards, it was decided that no action be taken for the time being, as there were probably a considerable number of more serious cases still in the camps, for whom these hundred permits should be utilised.
e) Refugee Committee. Professor Marrack had just returned from Perpignan, having brought back a list of 16 names of doctors at present in the camps, who were prepared to go to China to continue work there.
A new Refugee Committee under the auspices of the N.J.C. had been set up, and a request had been received for a representative from this Committee. It was agreed that Professor Marrack be asked to act as our representative with Mrs. Manning as his deputy.
3) Special Correspondence: a) A letter from Mr. Poole in Perpignan where where he is working on behalf of the N.J.C. asking whether we could supply a steriliser for de-lousing the underclothing of the refugees who are taken from the camps to the clearing house. It was decided to consult Mr. Wogan Phillips and Professor Marrack and to spend up to £50 on suitable apparatus.