HC Deb 29 October 1919 vol 120 cc715-7W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that approved medical associations have not participated in the special Grant to panel practitioners, although such institutions are approved by the National Health Insurance Commission for the provision of medical benefits to insured persons; and whether he will state the reason for this discrimination?


I have had a Return prepared as requested by the hon. Member for the year 1918 as respects England and Wales, which I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The following is the Return referred to:


No such discrimination has been made as is suggested in the question. Every effort has been made by my Department, both by interview and by correspondence, to obtain from the Friendly Societies Medical Alliance (representing these institutions) certain facts and figures which are necessary for establishing and measuring the amounts that may properly be payable to the institutions, and without which no such payments can be calculated or made; but the alliance has so far declined to give that information.