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Tuberculosis

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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63.

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to an article by Sir William Jameson in "Current Affairs," No. 37, of 13th February, 1943, entitled "National Health"; what special financial help is now being given to sufferers from tuberculosis to meet cases where treatment is put off or stopped for financial reasons; and how much has already been paid out under this head to the latest date for which figures are available?

Yes, Sir. The article in question had reference to arrangements which were in preparation at the time of its writing and to which I referred in the statement which I made in the House on 8th October last. The arrangements are not yet in actual operation, but the details have now been worked out in consultation with medical experts and representatives of local authorities, and I am glad to have this opportunity of informing the House that a Circular and memoranda containing detailed guidance for the local authorities by whom the allowances are to be administered will be issued next week.

65.

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the difficulty of married couples, one of whom is suffering from tuberculosis and is frequently an ex-Serviceman, in finding suitable accommodation; and whether he will give special attention to this matter with a view to securing accommodation with the necessary space and sleeping facilities for this type of complaint?

I am aware of the general difficulties, but any possible alleviation must depend on the accommodation available for housing purposes and the needs of different classes of the community. I know that the local authorities concerned give these cases their most sympathetic consideration and if my hon. Friend has any specific instance in mind and will let me have particulars, I would be glad to look into the case in consultation with the local authority.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an increasing number of these cases, which cause great hardship, and could not some of the houses reserved for bombed-out families be used for this purpose? Could he consult the General Tuberculosis Council?

It would depend very much upon where these cases arose, but I would much prefer to deal with a particular case or cases.