§ MR. LOGAN (Leicester, Harborough)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury if he is aware that in December last the General Medical Council passed a resolution disapproving of the employment by medical men of unqualified assistants, in consequence of which a large number of such assistants, who have been trained for the medical profession, many of whom have families, are and will be deprived of the means of obtaining a livelihood; and if there are any means whereby he can intervene and provide that those now or recently so employed shall be permitted to continue their vocation?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
In answer to the honourable Member, I have to say that the Medical Council, as I am informed, passed a resolution against the practice of employing unqualified assistants for certain purposes, which resolution might in some cases have the effect which the honourable Member desires to prevent. But the resolution is not to be so applied as to restrict the proper training of pupils, or to prevent the employment of certain unqualified assistants under the immediate supervision of registered medical Secretary of State for India. 1336 practitioners. The Privy Council has no official knowledge of the matter, and cannot interfere, but it is understood that every case brought before the Medical Council will be dealt with on its merits.