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    REPRESENTATIVES OF BRITAIN'S 23,000 FAMILY DOCTORS, WHO HAVE THREATENED TO RESIGN FROM THE STATE-RUN HEALTH SERVICES, TODAY (THURSDAY) AGREED TO MEET HEALTH MINISTER, MR.

  • Description

    REPRESENTATIVES OF BRITAIN'S 23,000 FAMILY DOCTORS, WHO HAVE THREATENED TO RESIGN FROM THE STATE-RUN HEALTH SERVICES, TODAY (THURSDAY) AGREED TO MEET HEALTH MINISTER, MR. KENNETH ROBINSON, FOR TALKS. DOCTOR'S LEADERS WERE ANXIOUS THAT THE TALKS BE REGARDED AS "EXPLORATORY."
    THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LONDON HEADQUARTERS WAS FLOODED TODAY WITH PROMISED BY DOCTORS TO LEAVE THE HEALTH SERVICES, AFTER THE B.M.A. COUNCIL YESTERDAY TOLD THE GOVERNMENT THAT ITS MEMBERS WOULD RESIGN ON JULY 1ST UNLESS THEIR DEMANDS WERE MET FOR A MAJOR WAGE INCREASE AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS.

    AT LEAST 21 DOCTORS WROTE SEEKING ADVICE ABOUT JOBS OVERSEAS.

    UNDER THE HEALTH SERVICE, ALL MEDICAL TREATMENT IN BRITAIN IS FREE. THE NATIONAL HEALTH SCHEME WAS ESTABLISHED BY BRITAIN'S FIRST POST-WAR LABOUR GOVERNMENT IN 1948, AND ALSO PROVIDES FOR FREE HOSPITAL, DENTAL AND OPTICAL SERVICES.

    THE DOCTORS, WHO ARE THE MAINSTAY OF THE SERVICE, ARE PAID BY A GOVERNMENT-LEVIED TAX WHICH COVERS THE EXPENSES OF THE SCHEME ADMINISTERED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH.

    "THE LANCET" -- THE MAGAZINE WHICH IS THE VOICE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION -- HAS LED AGAINST DOCTORS LEAVING THE SCHEME. A LEADING ARTICLE SAYS: "WE HOPE THAT SENSE WILL PREVAIL AND THAT DOCTORS WILL THING TWICE BEFORE UNDERTAKING TO RESIGN EN MASSE."
    BRITISH DOCTORS HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE HEALTH ACT. THEY VISIT PATIENTS IN THEIR HOMES; HOLD REGULAR SESSIONS FOR OTHER PATIENTS IN THEIR SURGERIES; WORK AT LOCAL HOSPITALS; AND ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD7SOSQX0LKDOW61FBAH78PMXO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7SOSQX0LKDOW61FBAH78PMXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    14:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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