asked the Minister of Health whether sanction has yet been given by his Department to an application made six weeks ago on behalf of a distinguished Czecho-Slovakian doctor of unimpeachable references, who is a recognised authority on rheumatism, to take up an appointment offered him by a group of collieries in the Midlands, to co-operate with their own medical officers in a clinic for the prevention and treatment of rheumatism and allied disease amongst miners?
Yes, Sir. The colliery clinic to which I understand my hon. Friend is referring has been approved as an institution at which a foreign-qualified doctor may be employed under the Medical Register (Temporary Registration) Order. My approval was given as soon as certain questions of principle regarding the employment of foreign doctors in this new field of industrial medicine had been settled, in consultation with the Government Departments concerned and the Central Medical War Committee.