General Practitioners (Salaried Posts)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st January 1966.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Freeson Mr Reginald Freeson , Willesden East 12:00 am, 31st January 1966

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to empower local authorities and hospital boards to appoint general practitioners to their service on a salaried basis.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

These authorities are already able to appoint general practitioners to part-time salaried posts for their own services.

Photo of Mr Reginald Freeson Mr Reginald Freeson , Willesden East

I appreciate that, but will my right hon. Friend consider—this was the implication of the Question—empowering local authorities and hospital authorities to appoint full-time general practitioners, particularly bearing in mind the growing and renewed interest in the establishment of health centre networks in various parts of the country?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

Arrangements can already be made for general practitioners to work in close association with local health services through health centres, but if my hon. Friend has in mind the possibility of legislation empowering local authorities to provide general medical services, I must tell him that I do not think that this would be appropriate in the present circumstances.