Doctors (Remuneration)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1951.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre Mr Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre , New Forest 12:00 am, 8th March 1951

asked the Minister of Health what reasons prompted him to adopt the policy set out in Health Circular, E.C.L. 6/51, dated 11th January, 1951, for the purpose in eliminating inflation in doctors' records.

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

The present inflation makes it impossible accurately to assess the total amount of remuneration due to general practitioners or to distribute this remuneration equitably as between one doctor and another.

Photo of Mr Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre Mr Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre , New Forest

Why has the Minister adopted this method? Does he realise that in Hampshire alone 26 lorry loads of documents have to be moved from the food offices to the executive council offices and that neither has enough staff to deal with them? Why could he not have put a simple question in the forthcoming Census which would have given him all the information he needed?

Photo of Mr Hilary Marquand Mr Hilary Marquand , Middlesbrough East

Possibly because the hon. and gallant Gentleman did not make that suggestion in time.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

Will this circular do anything to eliminate the inflationary records of the Minister of Local Government and Planning?