§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is aware of the unsatisfactory arrangements for medical services in holiday areas where there is an increase in summer population; and when he expects to reach an agreement on a standard basis of remuneration for doctors with the medical profession and hospital boards.
§ Mr. Alison
My right hon. Friend has received no evidence of general difficulties in the arrangements for remunerating family doctors who provide general medical services to seasonal visitors in holiday areas. My Department is negotiating with representatives of the medical profession on the remuneration of family doctors who co-operate in the provision of casualty cover in general practitioner hospital units in areas where there is a significant seaisonal fluctuation in the casualty workload, and I hope that there will be agreement in principle shortly.