HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc79-80W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health what provision is made for the resettlement in practice of medical practitioners, such as the case submitted to him, whose houses were mortgaged to insurance companies at the time of their call-up to the forces and who are faced with foreclosure by the insurance companies and find themselves, on demobilisation, homeless and without means to buy another practice.

Mr. Bevan

The arrangements made to assist the resettlement of medical officers discharged from the Forces do not include the provision of money for the purchase of a practice which can normally be obtained from the financial agencies with whom the medical profession are accustomed to deal. I appreciate that in the particular case to which the hon. Member has drawn attention there may be hardship due to special difficulty in obtaining a loan in this way, but I would remind him that if the Health Service Bill is approved by Parliament the purchase of a practice will, when the Service comes into force, no longer be necessary.