HC Deb 13 February 1961 vol 634 c930
44. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health if he will ask all executive councils for a report on the action they have taken in reviewing assistantships in general practice; and if he will issue appropriate instructions to those councils whose arrangements he consider to be inadequate.

Mr. Powell

I shall shortly be issuing guidance on this to all executive councils.

Mr. Pavitt

Whilst welcoming the Minister's further guidance, may I ask him if he is aware that previous guidance has been issued and in a number of cases has just not been followed? Will he ensure that action follows in cases where assistants are still being exploited as more or less underpaid servants of general practitioners?

Mr. Powell

The circular which I propose to issue will include a request for a report from each executive council.