HC Deb 18 February 1946 vol 419 c779
66. Dr. Stephen Taylor

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that retail chemists in the London area are still demanding medical certificates before supplying rubber hot water bottles; and whether he will take steps to bring to their notice that they no longer have any authority to do so and thus avoid waste of time by both the public and the doctors.

Sir S. Cripps

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." Retailers have no authority to demand medical certificates before supplying hot water bottles. But if a rubber hot water bottle is, in the opinion of the patient's doctor, necessary for the purposes of treatment, it is desirable that a medical certificate should be given some priority. Certificates should be issued only on that ground.

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