HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 cc2264-5
19. Miss Bacon

asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the leaflet, a copy of which has been sent to him, published by the Leeds and District Work-people's Hospital Fund promising eleven benefits to those who continue their subscriptions; and since most of these eleven benefits are available under the National Health Service Act, if he will publish a leaflet making it clear that it is only beneficial to pay to workpeople's hospital contributory schemes where the benefits are those not covered by the Act.

Mr. Bevan

Yes, Sir. This pamphlet is misleading. Many of the services offered will be available, anyway, under the new Act. But I think that if people will study the leaflet which I have already issued to householders they will see quite clearly what the Act covers.

Colonel Stoddart-Scott

Will the Minister publish also a leaflet showing the facilities under the Act which will not be available on the 5th July? Will he bring pressure to bear on his colleagues so that the weekly contribution, some of which is to go towards the cost of the Health Service, is reduced in proportion to the facilities which are not available?

Mr. Bevan

The hon. and gallant Member once more misstates the position. Although he was a member of the Committee which considered the Act he does not seem to understand it, even now. The Health Act is not based upon contributions. It is non-contributory. The hon. and gallant Member's question, therefore, is entirely misleading. Furthermore, the resources under the Act will always be limited by the resources of the medical profession.