Diabetics (Syringes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Orbach Mr Maurice Orbach , Stockport South 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

asked the Minister of Health whether he will make disposable needles for syringes available for diabetics treated under the National Health Service.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

Where disposable needles are essential for a diabetic on clinical grounds, they can be supplied through the hospital and specialist services.

Photo of Mr Maurice Orbach Mr Maurice Orbach , Stockport South

May I ask my hon. Friend why, if they can be supplied, as they are in the hospital which I have in mind, for clinical purposes—a child is trained on them, as it were—the child cannot receive the sharper disposable needle when he goes outside the hospital, and treats himself, rather than the blunt undisposable needle?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

This is a medical matter and there is no reason why the child should not receive disposable needles. It depends on whether the hospital concerned considers that it is necessary for him to do so. I see little difference between the child going to the hospital for his needles and his going to the chemist.

Photo of Mr Maurice Orbach Mr Maurice Orbach , Stockport South

He cannot obtain them from the hospital——