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May I take it that Her Majesty's Government will not take the action in relation to doctors that they have recently taken with regard to the more junior staff in the Health Service?
The Prime Minister, of course, is as usual rude and arrogant. Neither his answer nor his manner disposes of the issue here. I would ask him again, since a Royal Commission is investigating the whole question of doctors' and dentists' remuneration, whether he is prepared to give an assurance that the recommendations of such a Royal Commission will be considered on their merits by the Government and will not be rejected in the same manner as was the Health Service employees' application?
If he will look at the terms of reference, the right hon. Gentleman will find that they are as follows:
(a) How the levels of professional remuneration from all sources now received by doctors and dentists taking any part in the National Health Service compare with the remunerations received by members of other professions, by other members of the medical and dental professions, and by people engaged in connected occupations;
(b) What, in the light of the foregoing, should be the proper current levels of remuneration of such doctors and dentists by the National Health Service;
(c) Whether, and, if so, what, arrangements should be made to keep that remuneration under review…
Those remain the terms of reference of the Royal Commission, but it would be
foolish not to recognise the fact that the Royal Commission, I have no doubt like any other body of men, is cognisant of the general economic conditions of the country.