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Retinitis Pigmentosa

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now enter into consultations with opticians and opthalmologists with a view to establishing a clinic within the National Health Service for treating retinitis pigmentosa along similiar lines to those operating in countries such as Russia and Switzerland.

A Medical Research Council working party, set up to look into research into all aspects of retinitis pigmentosa, has concluded that

"At the present time there is insufficient scientific basis for any of the treatments currently in use to warrant any support by the Council of clinical trials"
On the basis of this advice, I do not propose to enter into such consultations at this time.