24. Mr. FREDERICK HALL (Dulwich)
asked whether, under the National Insurance Act, arrangements can only be made with duly qualified medical practitioners for the administration of medical benefit; whether, in some instances, insurance committees have accepted and placed upon their panels the names of herbalists and other unauthorised persons; and, if so, whether this has been done with the sanction of the National Health Insurance Commissioners?
The answer to the first part part of the question is in the affirmative. The answer to the second part is in the negative. The third part does not therefore arise.
Mr. F. HALL
May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether all medical men who apply to be put upon the panel are put on irrespective of their capabilities?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
If the hon. Member says he cannot answer that ought to be sufficient. The hon. Member is only acting as a substitute and cannot know all these things.