§ Mr. R. MORRISON
asked the Minister of Health whether he has received representations from the Edmonton Board of Guardians drawing his attention to the large number of insured persons admitted to their hospital for treatment; whether he is aware that the guardians are precluded, under the National Health Insurance Acts, from receiving any benefits in these cases; that the panel practitioners, although thereby relieved of their responsibilities, continue to receive payments for attendance and services which they do not perform; and whether he intends to take any steps to provide that, when an insured person is admitted to a public institution for treatment, the panel practitioner 1645W responsible for the case should be subjected to a reduction of his panel fees in respect of his failure to supply medical attention in accordance with his contract?
My right hon. Friend has received the representations referred to by the hon. Member. I would refer him to the replies given on the 20th February to the hon. Member for Shoreditch (Mr. Thurtle).