HC Deb 18 November 1971 vol 826 cc205-6W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Service (1) whether he will issue a directive that the authority which employs students undertaking medical work under supervision shall indemnify such a student in the event of his being liable to pay damages for negligence, arising out of his work;

(2) what instructions he has given to employing authorities in respect of the legal responsibility and liability of the students undertaking medical work under supervision, but who do not keep to their instructions.

Sir K. Joseph

It would not be appropriate for me to issue instructions on these matters. Any claim against a student for damages for negligence arising out of medical work done by him under supervision would be considered by the hospital authority on its merits. I am sending the hon. and learned Gentleman a copy of a letter from my Department to hospital authorities setting out the conditions which in the Department's view ought to be observed both by authorities and by students in order to avoid con- travention of the provisions of Section 28 of the Medical Act, 1956.