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Bma Liaison Officers

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 3 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what are the functions of British Medical Association liaison officers in relation to his Department; what payment is made by his Department in respect of those functions; and what is the estimated total cost to His Majesty's Treasury.

The liaison officers appointed by the British Medical Asociation are available for consultation by the regional petroleum officer on any matter affecting an application by a doctor for an allowance of petrol; doctors themselves may also ask the medical liaison officer to support their application. The appointments are unpaid and no cost falls on the Treasury.

Might I ask again how the medical liaison officer can be expected to know better than the doctor himself what the doctor requires; secondly, is it not very wrong that the Ministry of Fuel and Power should shift its responsibility in this regard to some other organisation?

It seems to me that it is a good thing always to get the best advice one can. I should have thought that a medical liaison officer of the standing of those appointed by the B.M.A. should know something of doctors' requirements and, indeed, that he should be a very good adviser. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular cases in mind, I should be very glad to look at them and let him know the result of my inquiries.