22nd January, 1937.
Dr. C. Addison,
Dear Dr. Addison,
I received your letter of the 18th inst. too late to read it to the Committee held last Tuesday.
The Granen Unit affair in Spain has been practically settled now, as the Hospital there has been taken over by the Spanish authorities and the bulk of the personnel has re-volunteered for service with the International Brigade, whose headquarters are at Albacete, where they will be under the military discipline of the International Brigade. Four or five Nurses have been left at the request of the Spanish authorities and by agreement at Granen. Recruits for medical service now, through the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, are being sent on for service with the International Brigade and not as a separate unit, though the latest reports from Spain suggest that the British Section will be kept rather together working at a field hospital.
I agree with all you say in the subsequent part of your letter, and I should like to have an opportunity of talking to you in the very near future about the position generally in Spain , and with regard to medical aid work generally.
I suppose you have seen the pamphlet issued by the National Council of Labour, and especially the final paragraphs, in which plans are suggested for a large base hospital and its organisation.
I think this is work which the Socialist Medical Association should help the International Solidarity Committee to do, but obviously something will have to happen to the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, in view of the new plans.
I understand there are one or two surgeons with extraordinarily good qualifications and experience who would go to Spain if there was a little remuneration