HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc183-4W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health under what Statutory Instrument he is depriving insured persons, who are under the care of a private doctor, of pharmaceutical benefits for which, under the National Insurance Act, 1946, they have paid in from 7s. to 9s. a week in respect of each insured person; and whether this Instrument has been laid before Parliament.

Mr. Bevan

Section 38 of the National Health Service Act, 1946, limits the provision of pharmaceutical services to persons who are receiving general medical services under the Act, or, in certain cases, general dental services. I would repeat that the use of the Health Service is not in any way dependent on the payment of contributions under the National Insurance Act.