43. Dr. DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many employers refuse to allow insured women employés to remain at work during the late months of pregnancy; and if under these conditions such women are granted sickness benefit under the National Health Insurance Regulations?
I am aware that some employers do not allow their women employés to remain at work when in an advanced stage of pregnancy. Any such rule of her employer does not in itself entitle an insured women to sickness benefit under the National Health Insurance Act, but if she can produce medical evidence, to the satisfaction of her approved society, that she is incapable of work, she would be entitled to benefit.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this question is causing very great difficulty among medical officers, doctors, and approved societies, and could he not include this class of case in the National Health Insurance Bill which he is going to bring before the House?