§ 30. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
asked the Minister of Health whether he is yet in a position to state the result of his Department's discussions with the British Medical Association about the provision to all private patients free of charge, other than the prescription charge, of a selected list of drugs; what would be the estimated cost of allowing these drugs to private patients; and whether consideration will be given to amending the National Health Service Act on these lines.3W
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
The discussions, which relate to the supply of all necessary drugs and not a selected list, and are of a purely exploratory nature, are still in progress. Any estimate of cost would be highly speculative because the number of private patients is not known.