HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 c1050W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the opinion of the Law Officers has been or will be taken on the question whether the Regulations made by the Insurance Commissioners limiting medical attendance and treatment to treatment of a kind which can consistently with the best interests of the patient be properly undertaken by a practitioner of ordinary professional competence or skill, but denying medical attendance and treatment when the condition of the patient is such as to require services beyond the competence of an ordinary practitioner, are intra vires; and whether he is prepared to facilitate steps being taken by which this question may be authoritatively settled by a decision of the High Courts?


It would be contrary to practice to indicate upon what advice any Regulations have been framed in regard to any such point as that in the question. I see no reason for any such special action as is suggested in the latter part of the question.