HC Deb 03 July 1952 vol 503 cc57-8W
69. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Health for an assurance that no liability exists, or will exist, under his regulations for a hospital officer to be surcharged in cases where the shilling charge for a prescription has been waived as the result of the exercise of the discretion of the hospital authority.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Hospital authorities have no power to waive these charges, and the question does not therefore arise.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Minister of Health whether he will issue to the citizens advice bureaux, for further distribution to voluntary bodies, the posters which give information as to the assistance available where hardship is caused by the payment of charges under the National Health Service.

Mr. Iain Macleod

A full note of the arrangements has already been sent to the National Council of Social Service for use in citizens advice bureaux and the same information is being given to other voluntary bodies. This will, I think, be more helpful than the posters which are not altogether adapted for this purpose.

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