§ Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Health if he will arrange that doctors with a large practice in mining areas will not be deprived of their assistant doctors who are called up for military service until a substitute doctor can be obtained.
§ Mr. Bevan
It is open to the Central Medical War Committee to defer the recruitment to the Forces of a general practitioner's assistant in any area where there are special circumstances justifying such deferment. The Committee, in consultation with the Local Medical War Committee, gives careful consideration to the needs of the civilian population in all such cases.