Surgical Appliances (Poor Persons).

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 10th June 1937.

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Photo of Mr Edward Strauss Mr Edward Strauss , Southwark North

asked the Minister of Health whether he will inquire as to the probable cost to the State of the provision, free of cost, of surgical appliances to all poor persons whose need thereof is certified by a qualified medical practitioner?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

No, Sir, I do not think I should be justified in making the inquiry suggested. I would point out that local authorities have powers to render assistance in appropriate cases.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Is the Minister aware that annual subscribers to the Surgical Aid Society are inundated with requests for surgical aid letters from poor people who have been ordered surgical appliances, and will he draw the attention of local authorities to the fact that they can exercise powers to assist in the provision of the surgical appliances that these poor people need?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I think that the local authorities are aware of their powers. If the hon. Gentleman will send me any cases which he has specially in mind, I will take the matter up with the authorities?