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Chemists, The Hartlepools

Volume 649: debated on Monday 20 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Health how many pharmaceutical chemists are operating under the National Health Service in Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Seaton Carew.

Five, 21 and none.

Can my hon. Friend say how many have closed down because they have opted out of the National Health Service, because the pharmaceutical chemists are thoroughly fed up with the present attitude of the Ministry? For weeks and months they have been trying to get a reasonable increase. Will my hon. Friend look into the matter again?

I take it that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to Seaton Carew, which is a small seaside resort. In that case, I know that one pharmacist has closed down due to lack of business, but as regards the general question of pharmacists, I would prefer my hon. and gallant Friend to put down a Question on that.