Analgesia (Trilene)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1955.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

asked the Minister of Health to what extent trilene has replaced the use of analgesia in respect of confinements in hospitals and by midwives; what is the particular advantage of trilene; and what is the difference in cost.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

My right hon. Friend has no information about the extent of its use in hospitals, and it is too early yet to assess its use in domiciliary practice. Its chief advantage over gas-and-air in the domiciliary field is that the apparatus is more easily transportable. The costs of administration contain a number of highly variable factors, and we have not yet enough experience to make comparisons.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton

Will the hon. Lady see what is being done to ensure that trilene, if it is so superior to the other methods of analgesia, is now being much more widely used than before?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

It is only recently that it came to be in general use by midwives, and it is a little too early to make an accurate comparison, but we are watching the matter very closely.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Can the hon. Lady say why hospital authorities are not asked to make a return on this subject?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

If the right hon. Lady likes to put down that Question, I shall be delighted to deal with it.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Will the hon. Lady not recall that I asked it about a year ago?