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Volume 929: debated on Friday 1 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the continuing provision for the treatment of thalassaemia at Whittington Hospital, Highgate; and whether it is his policy to curtail expenditure on this disease.

I understand from the area health authority that there will be no impairment of the continuing provision for treatment of thalassaemia at the Whittington Hospital.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, South may expect a definitive reply to her letter of 22nd December 1976 about the treatment of thalassaemia under the NHS.

A definitive reply will not be possible before the completion of present studies. I am writing to my hon. Friend.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what arrangements are being made for the diagnosis and treatment of thalassaemia at University College Hospital, London, and elsewhere.

Diagnosis and treatment of thalassaemia by consultant staff, including haematologists, continues at University College Hospital and other acute general hospitals.