Diabetes (Insulin Prices)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the hardship caused to diabetic patients by the increased prices of insulin and needles which they must have; and will he consider means to prevent these continued increased prices so as to place them within reach of all who need them?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am aware that prices have increased, but having regard to the free provision of insulin and the necessary appliances for administering it under the, National Health Insurance and public assistance schemes, I do not think that there is a case for any special measures to prevent any increases which may be warranted by the conditions of production.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

Could not something be done for people in need of insulin outside the societies mentioned?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I understand that the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Mr. G. Griffiths) has been discussing the matter with the Parliamentary Secretary.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Does the right hon. Gentleman know that the discussion with the Parliamentary Secretary has failed badly and that it is time the Minister did something for these people who are suffering from diabetes? There is a person in my division taking 90 units a day, and she cannot get a penny piece. I hope the Minister will rise to the occasion. If he subsidises the price of insulin, that will do something towards it.

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is a point that we are looking at now.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

I do not want the right hon. Gentleman to look at it. I want him to do it.