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Doctors (Emergency Patients)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Health under what authority a doctor refuses to attend a person who is not his patient in a case of extreme emergency; and if, under his present rules, doctors may refuse to attend patients for personal reasons, such as the lateness of the hour.

A practitioner in the National Health Service is required to comply with the terms of the local arrangements regarding treatment in emergency. The executive council have power to exempt particular practitioners on ground of age or infirmity, or where they have limited lists from liability for emergency night calls to persons not on their lists.