Socialist Complains of "Swindling" by Physicians in National Health Service.
—Charges of swindling by a minority of physicians in the National Health Service were made in the House of Commons by Mr. Blenkinsop, former Socialist parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Health. Mr. Macleod, Minister of Health, pointed out that there were 18,000 physicians in the general practitioners' service and it was impossible to have uniformity in this field. The house was debating the budget for the health service, the cost of which this year exceeded 500 million pounds for the first time. The debate was reported in the national press on May 10. Opening the debate, Mr. Blenkinsop alleged that a misleading account of the hospital situation had been given by several medical officers of health at recent congresses. A well-known medical officer had said that no progress had been made in hospital provision since 1948. This was demonstrably