HC Deb 07 July 1965 vol 715 cc259-60W
Mr. Walden

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that certain doctors in Birmingham are inviting their National Health Service patients to become private patients with the option of subscribing to a private insurance scheme; and whether these patients are to be denied the services of a family doctor under the National Health Service.

Mr. K. Robinson

I have seen copies of letters in this sense written by a few Birmingham doctors who last month gave notice of resignation from the Health Service. There is certainly no reason for their patients now to become private patients or join a private scheme. The doctors' resignations do not take effect until September, and I am in touch with the Executive Council about the arrangements that can be made for the continued maintenance, in the areas concerned, of

Tax payments Percentage increase
1953 1963 1964 1953–1963 1953–1964
Taxes on incomes:
Personal sector 1,134 2,457 2,690 117 137
Companies 944 907 812 -4 -14
Taxes on consumers' expenditure 2,044 3,444 n.a. 68 n.a.
(1) The figures are based on those published in the National Income White Paper (Cmnd. 2629) and in the National Income Blue Book, 1964 and follow the definitions used for those publications.
(2) Indirect taxes paid by businesses are considered to be passed on in the prices charged for their goods or services and to the extent that these are purchased by the personal sector such taxes are included in the estimate for taxes on consumers' expenditure. No allocation of the original payments between public enterprises, companies and unincorporated businesses is available.
(3) The estimate of taxes on consumers' expenditure for 1964 is not yet available but will be published at about the end of August in the National Income Blue Book for 1965.

Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount given in taxation reliefs to companies

general medical practitioner services under the National Health Service. Vacancies have been advertised.