Diphtheria (Immunisation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 8th October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Smedley Crooke Sir Smedley Crooke , Birmingham Deritend

asked the Minister of Health whether in view of the success attending the experiment of sending the mobile immunisation service for prevention against diphtheria to the children at Portsmouth, he will consider similar service being sent to children in other cities and large towns where the need for immunisation is equally urgent?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have already taken steps to ensure that the idea to which my hon. Friend refers, which has been successfully adopted at Portsmouth and elsewhere, is brought to the notice of local authorities generally by my regional officers, and every opportunity is taken of recommending it in areas where it is likely to be practicable and useful.

Photo of Sir Smedley Crooke Sir Smedley Crooke , Birmingham Deritend

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is sufficient vaccine?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

We can do the job for the moment.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Does inoculation cause the same amount of trouble as vaccination?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

It is a very simple and painless operation.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

Will the Minister consider the preparation of full-sized cinema films which can be used for propaganda? At present the available films are not suitable for exhibition in an ordinary cinema.

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will look into that point.

Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

Has the Minister had sufficient co-operation from the schools in this matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir, they have been very helpful, and I am also grateful to many Members of this House for their cooperation.

Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

asked the Minister of Health whether, since the immunisation of children against diphtheria is available without cost to all parents, he will make an Order that the full cost of treatment of diphtheria cases shall be recoverable from parents in cases where the patients have not been immunised?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I do not feel that I should be justified in adopting the particular suggestion made by my hon. and gallant Friend, but I much appreciate his desire to assist me in ensuring the immunisation of children against diphtheria and shall welcome his co-operation in the encouragement of the campaign to this end.

Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

Is it fair that the public should bear the burden of the negligence of parents?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will put his Question down in another form.