§ 40. Mr. Snow
asked the Minister of Health whether it is still his policy to enable doctors to establish a group practice by authorising a loan for building construction under the terms of which a reasonable, as opposed to an economic, rent becomes payable; to what extent his Department and the health authorities bear the cost of the difference; and what rules he applies in these cases.
§ Mr. Barber
The terms on which facilities for general practice are made available in a local authority health centre are for negotiation between the local health authority and the local executive council. The charges made by the authority are recovered from the doctors by the executive council. The difference is borne by the authority where the charges do not cover the full economic cost to them.