§ 27. Mr. F. Longden
asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the common practice, in teaching hospitals, for patients to be examined intimately by groups of students, often 1869 against the natural inclination of the patients; and if he will issue a general regulation to the effect that the consent of every patient must be obtained before an examination may be performed.
§ Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
Is it not also right that the patient should be consulted before his body is employed as a nationalised exhibit?
§ Mr. Bevan
That is a very wicked statement to make. It has always been the case that in teaching hospitals medical students must be taught with the clinical material available, that material being human beings. The hon. and gallant Member ought to have a greater sense of public responsibility than to make a statement like that.