Homœopathic Treatment

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th May 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East 12:00 am, 5th May 1949

asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange that lists of homœopathic medical practitioners, similar to publicly-exhibited lists of practitioners in other specialised fields of medical service, are provided for the information of persons desirous of homœopathic treatment.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

No, Sir. In my view it would not be in the public interest to seek to distinguish different forms of therapy practised by doctors providing general medical services.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that a number of patients are asking for this information, which is normally given in such lists, and that it is rather unfair to the patient demanding this type of service that the only source of information is the executive councils who might regard this form of practice as heretical?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Various forms of health treatment differ very often with the doctors who are giving them. It is very undesirable indeed to distinguish between one form of treatment and another. Homœopathic treatment can be given by registered medical practitioners and there is no reason why it should be distinguished from other forms of treatment.

Photo of Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott , Pudsey and Otley

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure this House that he will not add any names to that list, or have any names added to it, except those of practitioners who have had adequate medical education and who have the appropriate medical qualifications?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

No one is allowed to practise who is not on the Medical Register. It is assumed that they have had an adequate medical education.

Photo of Squadron Leader Samuel Segal Squadron Leader Samuel Segal , Preston

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is felt to be unethical for any doctor to advertise himself as a practitioner in a particular form of treatment?

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Is the Minister also aware that the Question does not ask that a doctor shall advertise himself but that information shall be given to patients under the National Health Service.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

It would have the effect, however, of tending to advertise certain forms of treatment.