HC Deb 28 November 1946 vol 430 cc1772-3
78. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Health how many ex-Service doctors are unable to obtain employment in general practice; and if he will make a statement as to the provision of employment for such doctors until the National Health Service Act comes into operation.

Mr. Bevan

I regret I have not the information requested in the first part of the Question. Ex-Service general practitioners can take the hospital posts and refresher courses available under the Government's Postgraduate Scheme, and it is then open to them to buy or open a practice or to seek assistantships or other appropriate employment in the usual way during the interim.

Mr. Hastings

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the great difficulty there is among doctors in obtaining assistantships at the present time?

Mr. Bevan

Yes, I am aware that there is a difficulty. It is a difficulty which always arises immediately before great changes are made. We are doing our best to mitigate the hardships where we can.