HC Deb 28 July 1936 vol 315 c1340W

asked the Minister of Health whether he will take steps to amend the present situation in which chemists' dispensing fees under the National Health Insurance Act are dependent upon the funds which he has available and any deficit in the sums available has to be borne by the chemists?


The present arrangements for the payment of insurance chemists are governed by an agreement made as recently as December last with their representative body, the National Pharmaceutical Union. This agreement, which is more favourable to the chemists than the agreement previously in force, contains a provision that it is not to be terminated before the end of 1938. The question of the revision of the terms does not therefore arise at the present time.