HC Deb 09 July 1975 vol 895 c215W
Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence she has received that people in the city of Birmingham are being charged for medical services which are available free within the National Health Service; and if she will instigate an urgent investigation into this matter.

Dr. Owen

None; but I understand that two such allegations have in the past been investigated by the Birmingham Family Practitioner Committee under the procedure laid down in the NHS (Service Committees and Tribunal) Regulations, and both were dismissed. Since either party may appeal to my right hon. Friend against an adverse decision resulting from such an investigation it would not be appropriate for her to initiate inquiries as suggested.

1973 1974
Thousand Pairs £ thousand CIF Thousand Pairs £ thousand CIF
Romania 739 1,458 842 1,597
Czechoslovakia 2,266 3,362 3,018 4,815
Poland 2,358 2,690 3,353 4,256