Pasteurised Milk (Hospitals)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Archer Baldwin Sir Archer Baldwin , Leominster 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that hospital boards are being instructed to supply pasteurised milk in hospitals, even although it comes from a tuberculin-tested herd; and why it is necessary that tuberculin-tested milk should be pasteurised.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

I know of no such instructions, and I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave him on 14th July.

Photo of Sir Archer Baldwin Sir Archer Baldwin , Leominster

While the word "instructions" may be an over-emphasis, does the Minister deny that strong recommendations have been made by regional hospital boards to local management committees to go in for pasteurised milk as against T.T. milk? Is this part of a scheme to get cheaper milk and contribute to the reduction of £9½ million in the cost of hospital management?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

I refute that suggestion entirely. This is solely a matter for the hospital management committees themselves to decide.