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Immigrants And Visitors (Medical Examinations)

Volume 721: debated on Monday 22 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Health if he will investigate the effectiveness of medical examinations on immigrants and visitors known or believed to be suffering from active leprosy.

I am aware that cases have sometimes been missed, as in addition to having an incubation period of up to five years, leprosy may be difficult to recognise, particularly in its early stages. If, however, any immigrant or visitor were suspected of having the disease, a full medical examination would be carried out.