HC Deb 11 March 1963 vol 673 c948
20. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health if he intends to amend the terms of service for chemists as set out in paragraph 3 (1) of the Fourth Schedule of the National Health Service (General Medical and Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations, 1954, following the High Court decision in the case of Regina versus the Minister of Health, ex parte John Keall, Ltd.

Mr. Powell

They were so amended last October.

Mr. Robinson

Does the decision of the court mean that, as things stood then, a chemist committed no breach of contract if he dispensed a fraudulent prescription for a private patient under the National Health Service? Also, does not the Minister think that it is about time he won a case in the High Court?

Mr. Powell

If there was a loophole, it has been put right by the amended regulations.