§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health if he will show in tabular form, annually in each case, the number of medical practitioners acting as panel doctors under the National Health Insurance scheme since it came into operation; the total amount paid to such panel doctors; the number of doctors receiving payment in this connection; the number of insured persons; and the capita grant per insured person paid?
The figures are as follow:
in the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease of a serious character, such as scarlet fever or diphtheria, in an elementary school, it is the practice to 525W notify the parents of scholars attending the school; whether the school medical officer is required or authorised to close the school when the number of eases exceeds a certain percentage; and generally what steps are required to be taken to safeguard the pupils against the risk of infection and to stamp out the disease?
§ Sir D. MACLEAN
It is not the practice to notify the parents of scholars attending a public elementary school in the event of an outbreak of infectious disease. The sanitary authority and the local education authority, acting on the advice of their expert officers, are empowered to close a public elementary school in appropriate cases. My hon. Friend will find general information on the subject in the memorandum on Closure of and Exclusion from School issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and the Board of Education, a copy of which I am sending him.