Tuberculosis.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to com bat the increased incidence of tuberculosis; and, in particular, what steps are being taken to prevent an increase of tuberculosis among women engaged in war production?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to his Question on this subject on 20th November last. The most important factors in preventive action are the maintenance of as high a level of hygiene and nutrition as possible. The public health authorities and the Ministries concerned are taking all possible steps. The investigation which the Medical Re search Council is making as to the possible causes of increase in tuberculosis is a necessary preliminary to the adoption of any special measures for dealing with the problem. In the meantime facilities for early diagnosis and treatment are being maintained at as high a level of efficiency as war-time conditions permit.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Has there been any in crease in the accommodation in sanatoria?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That was done immediately we got the first signs, and we shall, as far as possible, meet the extra demands.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Do the officials of my right hon. Friend's Department co-operate with the medical department of the Ministry of Supply for the purpose of seeing that emergency measures are taken in the factories themselves?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

We are in constant touch.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Are efforts made to supply staff in those sanatoria where, at the present time, the staff is seriously depleted?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is a different question.