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Doctor's List (Transferred Patients)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Health (1) why Mr. George Wingate, 38, Inglewood Road, Barnehurst, Mr. F. Cage, 11, Inglewood Road, Barnehurst, and Mr. R. Stevenson, 46. Holmsdale Grove, Barnehurst, all of whom have been patients of Dr. A. Green, 385, Erith Road, Erith, over 20 years, have been ordered to find another practitioner within seven days or their names will be removed from Dr. Green's list;(2) why Mr. and Mrs. Small, 45, May-place Road, Barnehurst, who are both over 70 years of age and have been patients of Dr. Green, 385, Erith Road, Erith, for over 20 years, were informed that they must find another practitioner within seven days, or be removed from Dr. Green's list of patients.

This doctor had a list of 5,200 patients, the normal agreed maximum being 4,000. As he would himself do nothing to help the Executive Council to meet this situation, they had to take whatever steps seemed best to them. On the whole I think they have acted reasonably, in difficult circumstances.