HC Deb 23 November 1964 vol 702 cc907-8
27. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health if he will adjust the terms of service for general practitioners so that patients are not only entitled to immunisation and vaccination free, but that certificates needed for travel purposes which record such services are issued without payment by the patient.

Mr. Robinson

No, Sir. I am advised that such a change would require legislation.

Mr. Pavitt

Will my right hon. Friend have a look at this again with a view to introducing legislation, as some general practitioners charge as much as five guineas for this service, although the majority make only a nominal charge? If he cannot introduce legislation, will he again consider making these earnings part of the deduction from the central pool?

Mr. Robinson

I would not be entitled to do that, because this is not income derived from the National Health Service. I would hesitate to introduce legislation to amend this situation, because I am anxious to reduce as much as possible the amount of certification work done by doctors. I am discussing with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance ways in which this might be achieved.