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HOSPITAL SERVICES PRAISED FOR RESILIENCE
The Medical and Health Department has praised the staff of the medical services for their work since the outbreak of war with Italy. In its annual report, the Department outlined the challenges faced since then, providing sufficient hospital accommodation and first aid stations to treat war casualties, as well as sanitation for air raid shelters and refugee centres.
At 3am on 11 June, within nine hours of Mussolini’s declaration of war on the Allies, hospital services were ready to receive war casualties, the first of which were treated four hours later. The report praises staff of the medical services who have continued their work under difficult conditions, and even while bombs were falling close to hospitals:
“Conditions frequently called for the highest effort and it was unstintingly given. No ordinary leave was taken and absences on account of sickness were negligible. Even in bombed areas and with their homes destroyed, our members remained at their post and carried on as best they could in spite of all hardship. Doctors, chaplains, sisters and nurses remained at the bedside of the patients during severe air raids over their hospitals.” (1)
AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 DECEMBER TO DAWN 14 DECEMBER 1940
Weather Cold; storm conditions eased
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER 1940
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT New posts in the Ta Qali area were occupied by personnel of A and B Companies. A mine was collected by the Royal Navy off a beach post at Ghain Tuffieha.
(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta 1981
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