Hospital Charges

Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Walter Fletcher Sir Walter Fletcher , Bury 12:00 am, 26th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why owners of rubber estates in Malaya are charged for each of their labourers admitted to Government hospitals, although mining labourers are treated free in the third-class wards.

Mr. Creech Jones:

It is only in the State of Perak that mining labourers are treated free in third-class wards of Government hospitals. As the history of this concession is somewhat complicated I will, with the hon. Member's permission, write to him about it.

Photo of Sir Walter Fletcher Sir Walter Fletcher , Bury

Is there any chance of this very curious and irritating anomaly being put right?

Mr. Creech Jones:

I very much hope so.

Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End

Do the words in the Question "third-class wards" also mean third-class attention?