HC Deb 24 June 1948 vol 452 cc153-4W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware, as a case submitted to him exemplifies, that the recent call-up of young medical practitioners, notwithstanding earlier representations that the supply was more than adequate, has caused hardship to those holding A appointments at the hospitals, who will thus be prevented from proceeding to B 2 appointments, with detriment to their professional careers and, in particular, will make it impossible fully to carry out the recommendations of the Goodenough Committee, which declared that house appointments for one year should be the minimum experience for the young practitioner before commencing practice; and if he will rectify this position.

Mr. Bevan

I am fully aware of the implications of the decision referred to. The Medical Priority Committee, on whose advice the decision was taken, recommended it as an exceptional means of meeting an expected deficiency in young practitioners for the Services during the second half of the year. The position will be reviewed towards the end of the year.