Oral Answers to Questions — Surgical Appliances.

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that difficulties are being experienced by sufferers in securing surgical appliances, especially trusses in hernia cases, and surgical boots; and can he do anything to relieve the position?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have been in communication with the several Departments concerned, but I can find no evidence of general shortage in supply of surgical appliances or of surgical boots. I am having inquiries made into the particular case to which my hon. Friend has drawn my attention.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that I have already sent him two cases of people who are unable to procure these instruments because the Ministry of Labour have conscripted the men who usually make them?