11. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, before sanctioning the proposed rule prohibiting patients in the Sierra Leone nursing home from being treated by their private practitioners, he will consider the peril to recovery which might arise through denying to patients suffering from a disease the continued medical skill of their regular medical practitioners who alone would possess the history of the case?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)
My hon. Friend may rest assured that full consideration will be given to this and all other aspects of the question.
12. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a white man was recently removed to the Sierra Leone nursing home suffering from black-water fever; that he had previously been treated by a native doctor with high qualifications in whose skill in the treatment of tropical diseases confidence is reposed not only by the native population, but by many of the white population; that the patient applied to the authorities of the nursing home to allow him to be treated by his regular medical attendant, but that in view of the proposed new rule this was at first forbidden, but afterwards permitted; and whether he has received any representations of public opinion from Sierra Leone on the subject of the proposed treatment?
§ Mr. HARCOURT
The circumstances of the case to which my hon. Friend refers are not within my knowledge. I am not sure that I understand the last part of the question; but I have received no representations of public opinion from Sierra Leone on the subject of the proposed new rule to which my hon. Friend refers.
Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
Has the right hon. Gentleman received any representations from the West African section of the local chamber of commerce?