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National Health, Service

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the successful protest made by the Federal Council of the British Medical Association in Australia against the attempt made by the Federal Government to bring about the nationalisation of the medical profession in Australia on much the same lines as has been proposed for Great Britain in speeches by the ex-Minister of Health; and whether he will apply the argument put forward by the Australian Association, also to this country, that it is unjust to make plans for the medical profession while many doctors serving in the Forces cannot make their views heard?

I am very alive to the importance of enabling doctors in the Forces to see for themselves what the Government's proposals are, and to discuss them and express views on them before legislation is undertaken. That is one of the objects of the forthcoming White Paper.