Health Centres

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health how many health centres have been set up throughout the country; how many are in the process of being set up and if he will make a statement on the general progress of health centres.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Twenty-six existing clinics are being run as health centres, medical or dental. One important new scheme is under way, and three other proposals are being considered. Meanwhile a special committee of the Central Health Services Council has the whole subject of future development in view.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

In view of the very great importance of health centres, will not the Minister follow the example of his late and great compatriot, Mr. Lloyd George, who studied the labour exchanges in Germany, and himself make a study of the highly efficient and modern health centres in Czechoslovakia?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I should not like to model our social services on those of Czechoslovakia.