Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury how the cost of a State medical service for the working of the National Insurance Act would compare with that involved in the latest proposals made to the doctors by the Government; if any Supplemental Estimate will be required in the event of such a service being established; and how long a time would be required for its organisation?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The cost of such a service is estimated to be substantially less, and the efficiency probably much greater. The answer to the second part is in the affirmative. The organisation of 1509W such a service could be effected gradually, a beginning being made at once in those areas where it was most needed; no definite date could therefore be given either for its commencement or its completion.