HC Deb 02 June 1913 vol 53 c583
71. Mr. FELL

asked if there is any means by which an insured fisherman who has had to seek medical aid from a panel doctor when engaged in fishing round the coast, and who has had to pay the doctor's charges, can obtain repayment of such sums as he may have had to pay both for medical attendance and for drugs?


As I stated in answer to the hon. Member on the 29th ultimo, arrangements have been made whereby fishermen can obtain medical attendance and treatment free of cost at any port in the United Kingdom. There is no necessity therefore for them to pay doctors' fees themselves, and consequently there is no provision for repayment.


May I ask if some more simple method cannot be arranged by which these men can get medical aid at these ports without having to refer to their own port or to the doctor?


If the hon. Gentleman has any suggestion in his mind I shall be very glad to consider it.