HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 c168W
Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Health why the concession granted in 1952, by agreement with the National Medical Manpower Committee, whereby doctors could serve in the Federation of Malaya or West Africa instead of being called up for National Service, has been withdrawn; how many doctors were recruited under this arrangement in each of the territories; and whether the Government will consider restoring the concession.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The concession for West Africa under which 23 doctors were recruited, was brought to an end in 1951 on the recommendation of the Medical Priority Committee, the predecessor of the National Medical Manpower Committee. The arrangement for Malaya related to 12 doctors who have all been recruited. My right hon. Friend informs me that there is now no further demand for Malaya for doctors liable to call-up. He and I are consulting together about West Africa.