HC Deb 14 March 1938 vol 333 cc38-9W
Mr. Malcolm Macmillan

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has considered the need in the Western Islands and Highlands for direct telephonic facilities between all district nurses' cottages and the residences of local doctors, which are often many miles apart, in view of difficulties of communication at present, especially at night; and whether he will give special assistance in making the necessary arrangements?

Major Tryon

Requests for special concessions as regards telephone charges are frequently received from doctors, nurses, nursing associations, nursing homes, rest homes, charity homes, institutions for the blind, and almshouses, as well as fire brigades, police and municipal authorities. It is not practicable to discriminate between the various classes I have mentioned, all of which can advance claims for special treatment. I am, however, informed that the Department of Health for Scotland make grants from the Highlands and Islands (Medical Service) Fund for the improvement of telephone facilities connected with medical services in the Highlands and Islands.