HC Deb 05 November 1936 vol 317 c225
24. Captain STRICKLAND

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in cases of poisoning resultant on industrial occupation the claimant for compensation is required, before undergoing official medical examination, to indicate in medical terms on an official form the exact type of poisoning from which he claims to be suffering and for which he desires to be examined; and whether he will consider such alteration of procedure as will ensure that claimants shall receive the benefit of medical opinion before having to fill in the form in such technical terms?


A workman who thinks he is suffering from one of the scheduled industrial diseases can, and generally does, consult his own medical adviser and in a case of difficulty he can apply for assistance to his approved society who are in a position to obtain a further medical opinion. I have no information before me at present to suggest that these arrangements are not sufficient.