Tuberculosis Cases

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd March 1950.

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Photo of Mr Robert Scott Mr Robert Scott , Penrith and The Border 12:00 am, 23rd March 1950

asked the Minister of Health if he will consider sending a proportion of tuberculosis cases to Continental sanatoria in order to relieve the waiting list for beds in this country.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I have no power to do so. There is nothing in the National Health Service Act to empower the Minister or regional hospital boards to provide treatment abroad, or to contribute to the cost of it.

Photo of Mr Gerald Williams Mr Gerald Williams , Tonbridge

Is the Minister aware that it is only the slight cases which can at present get into hospitals and that more advanced cases, which have little hope of being cured, cannot get into any sanatorium? Would he take steps to see that they can be given this opportunity?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I have no power to do it.

Photo of Mr Gerald Williams Mr Gerald Williams , Tonbridge

Will the right hon. Gentleman do something about it?