Panel Patients.

Oral Answers to Questions — Medical Profession. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Health whether the calling-up of civil doctors has increased the average number of panel patients per panel doctor; and, if so, to what extent?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir. The calling-up of civil doctors has increased the average number of panel patients per working panel doctor, but in View of the connection with call-up statistics, it would not be in the public interest to indicate the extent of this increase.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Does it not indicate that a serious state of affairs may arise in regard to the health of the civil population which will hold up production and our war effort?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

There is a difficult situation as regards medical man-power, and that is why the Committee is sitting under the chairmanship of my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for the Dominions to determine priorities as between Service and civil needs.

Photo of Sir Frank Sanderson Sir Frank Sanderson , Ealing

Is it not a fact that the general conditions of health during war-time are higher than during times of peace?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is a rather wide and sweeping statement.