§ 10. Sir Henry Morris-Jones
asked the Minister of Health the proportion of the population that have selected a doctor under the National Health Act up to 5th July.
§ Mr. Bevan
By 5th July well over 30 million of the total civilian population of 42 million in England and Wales had 550 been accepted by doctors under the National Health Service Act. There is still a flood of forms in the hands of doctors and Executive Councils, which have not been counted.
§ Mrs. Jean Mann
Is my right hon. Friend aware that certain hon. Members opposite are inserting in newspapers letters purporting to tell the people that they cannot have this service without a contributory stamp, and that—
§ Mr. Speaker
This Question does not ask what hon. Members opposite are doing, but asks:What is the proportion of the population that have selected a doctor.
§ 11. Sir H. Morris-Jones
asked the Minister of Health how the amount of the capitation fee to medical practitioners under the National Health Act will be arrived at; what deductions come out of the 15s. 6d. per head; and how the amount for each area will be computed, having regard to the proportion of the population who have not selected a doctor.
§ Sir H. Morris-Jones
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of general medical practitioners are very perturbed about this; that there is grave fear that their total emoluments and income will be considerably reduced from pre-National Insurance income; and that they want to know whether the total pool will be available to them?