§ 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 (Unemployment98W
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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.