Practice Relating to Rule 110. Treatment and Care of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Section B. Distinction between the wounded and the sick
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) states: “Only
urgent medical requirements will justify any priority in treatment among those who are sick and wounded.”
With regard to civilian sick and wounded, the manual states:
There is no absolute obligation to accept civilian wounded and sick only so far as it is practicable to do so. For example, if military medical facilities are not being used but might be used in the immediate future because of an impending battle, there is no obligation to treat civilians. Once a civilian patient has been accepted, however, discrimination against him/her on other than medical grounds is not permissible.