§ 40. Mr. Turton
asked the Minister of Health whether the statement made by the Vice-Chairman of the Bradford Health Executive Council on 7th April, 1948, to the effect that 33 per cent. of the prescriptions of sight-testing opticians were wrong, was made with his approval; and whether he will stop his officers uttering derogatory remarks against opticians.
§ Mr. Turton
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some of the officials working under the aegis of his Department have come to believe that abuse of the professional man is the privilege of the Ministry? Will he make it clear that the privilege is not extended to them?
§ Mr. Bevan
I do not follow the relevance of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary to his original Question. I have given an undertaking to the medical profession that both the administrative and professional aspects of the Act are free for criticism by anybody concerned, and I ought not to be asked whether I agree with what they say.