§ 36. Mr. Messer
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the need for an emergency domiciliary medical service; and whether he proposes to take any steps to meet this need in view of the shortage of general practitioners?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The ordinary practice is for a doctor to make arrangements by which his patients may obtain treatment from a colleague in an emergency when he himself is not available, and I am not aware of any general need for the establishment of collective schemes for this purpose. I do not think therefore that it is necessary for me to take steps for the promotion of such schemes, but where such a scheme is adopted by general consent I am ready to do what I can to facilitate its working.
§ Mr. Messer
Does that mean that the right hon. Gentleman has not received the report of the Medical Practitioners' Union on this question?
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
Is there any arrangement between the right hon. Gentleman's Department and the Fighting Services so that districts shall not be denuded of medical practitioners?