HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 c96W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health how many cities and towns now have emergency night call services offering to deputise for general practitioners; how many of these are on a purely commercial basis; and how many are under the control of the local executive council.

Miss Pitt

I regret that there is no centrally available information regarding the numbers and types of deputising services, but I have no reason to suppose that such services are operating on a commercial basis in more than a very few areas. Deputising services are not controlled by executive councils and most of them are personal arrangements between doctors.

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