27 FEBRUARY 1948, Page 5

I am glad to see that International Students' Service has

been investigating the question of students' health—a much more impor- tant question than may appear. A student is a man or woman at an age when timely medical attention in case of need may make all the difference to future life, and at an age too when there is usually a certain repugnance to bothering about a doctor. Neither, unfortunately, in a large proportion of cases-35 to 4o per cent.— do the universities and colleges bother about a doctor. A few do. Some Cambridge colleges have a sick-room with a resident matron. But the whole position presumably will be affected by the National health Service Act. What will be the position of students registered, as they no doubt will be, in their home town ? Will they, when at college, only lie able to get medical advice by going to a doctor as private patients ? Or will there be some arrangement for temporary transference, as in the (much simpler) case of ration-books ? I hope Mr. Bevan has thought of this.