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Blood Pressure Machines

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimates he has made of increased costs caused to the National Health Service by way of increased costs of medicines, time of general practitioners and other consequences, that would be caused by the proliferation of do-it-yourself blood pressure machines manufactured in the United States of America.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the medical profession on the question of installing automatic blood pressure computers in shops, hotels and offices.

General medical services are demand led. I understand that at the present time only a small number of these blood pressure recording machines is in use. It would therefore be very difficult to make an estimate of the likely costs—if any—that would fall to the National Health Service. We will be watching developments in this field but I am advised, as always, that anyone who is concerned about his health should get professional advice from his general practitioner. I have not received any representations about the blood pressure machines from the medical profession.