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Leprosy (Notification)

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 12 May 1949

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34, 35 and 36.

asked the Minister of Health (1) how many adults and how many children in this country are known cases of leprosy;

(2) what is the number of persons being treated in hospital for active and infectious leprosy; how many such hospitals there are in this country; and the number of beds available;

(3) if he will take steps to make leprosy a certifiable disease in this country.

I am considering steps for making leprosy notifiable. As it is not so at present, reliable information about the number of cases is not available. There is one leper hospital, run by a voluntary body, which can accommodate 13 cases and has 12 there now. Arrangements are being made to supplement this by another provided as part of the National Health Service.