HC Deb 25 July 1949 vol 467 cc97-8W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he is aware that persons who are certified by a general practitioner as being unfit for work as a result of being a carrier or contact with one of the more serious infectious diseases are refused sickness benefit, as only a certificate issued by a medical officer of health is accepted; that this is much resented by general practitioners; and if he will take steps to rectify this position.

Mr. Steele

The provision to which the hon. Member refers was introduced into the National Insurance (Unemployment

Mr. Dugdale

The numbers are as follow:

and Sickness Benefit) Regulations in order to give effect to a specific recommendation made by the National Insurance Advisory Committee in paragraphs 7 to 9 of their Report a copy of which I am sending him. I have no reason to think it is not working satisfactorily.