HC Deb 05 February 1952 vol 495 c788
30 and 31. Miss Margaret Herbison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what charge is made by regional hospital boards for a copy of the report of a post-mortem which has been carried out by the hospital authorities for their own purposes;

(2) what charge is made by regional hospital boards for a copy of a clinical report from a hospital.

Commander Galbraith

Hospitals are not authorised to charge for copies of reports taken from their records.

Miss Herbison

Is the Joint Under-Secretary aware that the Scottish area of the National Union of Mineworkers has been asked to pay five guineas for a report on a post-mortem and two guineas for a clinical report, and, since I am now informed that these charges are not permitted, will he take steps to see that the National Union of Mineworkers, when it needs a report, receives it either free or for a nominal charge?

Commander Galbraith

Perhaps the hon. Lady will send me the circumstances of that particular case and I will look into it.

Captain Duncan

Would it not be better to do away with the regional hospital boards altogether?

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Will not the three Joint Under-Secretaries hold down the Secretary of State in case he tries to answer Questions?

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