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Private Medical Centre

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if patients attached to the new private medical centre backed by the deputising service Air Call will be entitled to call out a National Health Service doctor at night; if repeat prescriptions by doctors at the centre can be dispensed within the National Health Service; and whether he intends to make regulations about the transference of patients' case notes.

While a patient remains on a doctor's NHS list that doctor is obliged by his terms of service to render to him all necessary and appropriate personal medical services of the type usually provided by general medical practitioners. Repeat prescriptions issued privately to a patient cannot be dispensed within the National Health Service. It is not our intention to make regulations about the transference of patients' case notes.