National Health Insurance (Medical Fees).

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1932.

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Photo of Dr George Hillman Dr George Hillman , Wakefield

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asked the Minister of Health whether, seeing that he has decided not to proceed with the proposed redraft of parts of the medical benefit regulations dealing with fee-charging, and that the Insurance Acts Committee of the British Medical Association acquiesced in this decison, he will take the opportunity of making it clear that there was no connection between the proposed redraft and the deduction from insurance doctors' remuneration made as an emergency economy last October?

Sir H. YOUNG:

I am glad to have an opportunity of repeating what I indicated in reply to a question on this subject by my hon. Friend on the 3rd December, that the proposal to redraft the relevant parts of the regulations was initiated by the Department in September, 1930, and was therefore entirely unconnected with the proposals for securing emergency economies in. the cost of medical benefit which became necesary a year later.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House why the proposed draft has been dropped?

Sir H. YOUNG:

The proposed draft was dropped, because it was considered not to be necessary.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Are we to understand that this alteration in the conditions of the insured contributors was agreed to in September, and that it has not been altered in any way by the present holder of the office of Minister of Health? Is not this another attack on the workers?