§ 78. Mr. JOWETT
asked whether women who are forced to pay for medical attention and treatment under the National Insurance Act, and who have never been attended by men doctors in the past, are being refused permission to make their own arrangements for medical attention and treatment under Section 15 (3) of the National Insurance Act, 1911, although there is no woman doctor on the panel of doctors of their local insurance committee; whether the Bradford Insurance Committee is one of the committees so refusing; and what action he intends to take in order to secure the medical benefit for insured women who are unwilling to consult with men doctors concerning their individual ailments?
My right hon. Friend is not aware of any such general action on the part of insurance committees. He is informed that in two or three cases the Bradford Insurance Committee refused permission to applicants to make their own arrangements with a woman doctor, but I believe that in none of these cases was the ground for the application as stated by my hon. Friend.