HC Deb 03 August 1926 vol 198 cc2829-30W

asked the Minister of Pensions how many men, between 1st January and 30th June 1926, have been recommended by the doctors of his Ministry for medical treatment under a private practitioner; and whether any, after a report by the private medical practitioner, giving the treatment necessary, have been sent for further examination and refused such treatment?


I am afraid that these figures are not available. My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that all insured persons are entitled to general

Year. Geographical Distribution. Government Securities. Muncipalities and Public Boards. Railways. Industrial, Commercial etc. Undertakings. Total.
Thous. £s. Thous. £s. Thous. £s. Thous. £s. Thous. £s.
1921 British Empire 73,421 5,323 528 11,559 90,831
Foreign Countries 5,905 983 18,003 24,891
1922 British Empire 58,395 7,427 805 8,890 75 517
Foreign Countries 14,254 7,088 14,532 23,809 59,683
1923 British Empire 62,086 5,416 3,024 17,051 87,577
Foreign Countries 26,937 5,903 15,699 48,599
1924 British Empire 50,908 6,284 619 15,691 73,502
Foreign Countries 40,620 2,412 3,284 14,405 60,721
1925 British Empire 29,505 2,022 1,681 24,196 57,404
Foreign Countries 975 1,350 4,189 23,880 30 394
1926 Jan. British Empire Figures not published. 32,787
to June. Foreign Countries Figures not published. 30,426
The figures are based on the prices of issue.

practitioner treatment, and no record is kept of the cases in which a man is advised by a medical officer of the Ministry to consult his own doctor for a condition which falls within the scope of general practitioner treatment and does not call for a special course of treatment such as is contemplated by the Royal Warrant. I may add that the medical officers of my Department are always prepared to consider further, in the light of any report or opinion submitted by the man's own doctor, the question of the provision by the Ministry of a course of treatment in any particular case.