HC Deb 16 July 1929 vol 230 cc261-2W

asked the Minister of Health whether he will give particulars of any experimental or ophthalmic clinics that have been set up under the provisions of the National Health Insurance Acts during the last six months?


No regulations have yet been made under the National Health Insurance Act governing the provision of ophthalmic and other forms of treatment of insured persons in clinics, and, consequently, no clinics have up to the present time been set up under the provisions of the Act. A certain number of dental and ophthalmic clinics have been set up by private enterprise, and some insured persons have elected to obtain through them treatment towards the cost of which their approved societies have contributed by way of additional benefit; but no official recognition has yet been given to any of such clinics, and their continued use as agencies for the provision of treatment to insured persons entitled to additional benefits will be conditional upon their complying with such requirements as may in due course be laid down by regulations under the Act.