§ 26. Mr. Skinnard
asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange that lists of homœopathic medical practitioners, similar to publicly-exhibited lists of practitioners in other specialised fields of medical service, are provided for the information of persons desirous of homœopathic treatment.
§ Mr. Skinnard
Is not my right hon. Friend aware that a number of patients are asking for this information, which is normally given in such lists, and that it is rather unfair to the patient demanding this type of service that the only source of information is the executive councils who might regard this form of practice as heretical?
§ Mr. Bevan
Various forms of health treatment differ very often with the doctors who are giving them. It is very undesirable indeed to distinguish between one form of treatment and another. Homœopathic treatment can be given by registered medical practitioners and there is no reason why it should be distinguished from other forms of treatment.
§ Colonel Stoddart-Scott
Will the right hon. Gentleman assure this House that he will not add any names to that list, or have any names added to it, except those of practitioners who have had adequate medical education and who have the appropriate medical qualifications?
§ Mr. Skinnard
Is the Minister also aware that the Question does not ask that a doctor shall advertise himself but that information shall be given to patients under the National Health Service.