Osteopaths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Minister of Health what public recognition is given to osteopaths; whether they are entitled to any of the rights accorded to the medical profession; and whether, in the event of their being liable to service, any use is made of their healing ability?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

In view of the recommendations in the Report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the Osteopaths Registration and Regulation Bill of 1935, Parliament has not thought fit to confer any official recognition on osteopaths or to accord them any of the rights specially accorded to registered medical practitioners. I understand that the Services do not make use of the special manipulative technique of osteopaths.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Does the right hon. Gentleman believe that osteopathy has any particular use in medicine or not?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Perhaps the hon. Member will look at the Select Committee's Report, which is very interesting, and he will see that the broad reason why they recommended against the Bill was that osteopaths have not a common body of doctrine.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the real reason is that the medical profession objected?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I wonder whether the hon. Member has read the Report.