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Alien Doctors

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he can make any statement as to the policy of the Government for the future of alien doctors allowed to practise under restrictions in this country for the duration and anxious, if possible, to continue to serve here or in the Colonies?

No, Sir. As my hon. Friend is aware, the present arrangements under which certain medical practitioners are temporarily registered under the Medical Acts by virtue of foreign qualifications will cease with the lapsing of the Emergency Powers under which they are made.

Will doctors who have served us during the war be given any kind of consideration for permanent residence in this country or the Colonies when peace is restored?

We should have to consider that. I have answered as to the facts and stated how they now operate their medical skill under the Emergency Powers.

Would it not be better for those doctors who belong to foreign countries to go back and help their own countries in their time of need?