Nutritional Anaemia

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Minister of Health whether he has had brought to his notice any evidence of nutritional anaemia in women and children?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

My attention has been called to an article in the medical Press which stated that evidence of nutritional anaemia had been found among certain groups of women and young children. I have therefore arranged for iron preparations to be available in all day and residential nurseries and in emergency maternity homes: the majority of welfare authorities already provide similar preparations at their centres for expectant mothers and young children found to require them.

Photo of Mrs Agnes Hardie Mrs Agnes Hardie , Glasgow Springburn

Would the right hon. Gentleman make those things available for the working population, who are also suffering very badly from the complaint?