asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that of 300 consecutive cases of pulmonary tuberculosis admitted to a certain sanatorium from the Services it was considered that 200 could have been detected at the initial medical examination by the adoption by medical boards of mass miniature radiography as a routine procedure; and whether he will now state the position as to the introduction of this method into the practice of medical boards?
I am aware of the analysis referred to. I am, however, informed that perhaps half of those 300 cases were examined by civilian medical boards before the adoption by these boards in November, 1940, of improved methods of detection of pulmonary tuberculosis. As stated in reply to a Question on 30th April, 1942, by the hon. Member for Clay Cross (Mr. Ridley), it is considered impracticable to establish the method of mass miniature radiographical examination at the medical boards throughout the country.
Has the alternative method been pursued of having centres for the examination of these people so as to save them harm and also save trouble to the Services and expense to the Exchequer?
That is to say, the men already in the Services qualify for a great deal of trouble to themselves and the Services afterwards, and cannot we do something to prevent their getting into the Services?
I am sorry, but I cannot introduce this system into every medical board in the country. That is absolutely impracticable. Therefore, the alternative method of detection immediately they have been enlisted has been found to be the most practical way of dealing with the subject.