HC Deb 13 February 1956 vol 548 cc229-30W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Health why National Health Service patients who elect to have treatment in private nursing homes are debarred from the benefits of free domiciliary consultation with specialists, but may still receive all drugs, etc., free; and, in view of the administrative difficulties which this causes, if he will take steps to allow both, or alternatively, forbid the issue of prescriptions on form E.C.10 to patients in nursing homes.

Mr. Turton

The National Health Service Act, 1946, does not provide for the service of specialists to be made available in nursing homes; there should, however, be no administrative difficulties over the prescribing of drugs for nursing home patients who are receiving treatment from general practitioners under the National Health Service.