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Tuberculosis (Ex-Service Patients)

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that ex-Service personnel when suffering from tuberculosis are treated in sanatoria or hospitals nearest their homes, thus precluding the best treatment which varies in efficiency throughout the country; and can an assurance be given that in future the Fighting Service concerned will accept full responsibility for the treatment of Service patients.

I am advised that the advantage to the patient of receiving institutional treatment for tuberculosis near his home far outweighs such disadvantage as may arise from variations of treatment in different parts of the country, particularly as regards patients whose war service may already have long separated them from their families. The Service Departments do not maintain sanatoria or the specialist medical service required for the treatment of tuberculosis.