Clinics (Health Checks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1966.

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Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 2nd May 1966

asked the Minister of Health if he will give support to the establishment of clinics where health checks can be undertaken by the general public.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

Only for conditions which are reliably detectable at an early stage and for which there is an effective treatment.

Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West

Is not my hon. Friend aware of the experiment that was carried out in Rotherham where one out of every six of the population failed to pass the nine-part examination? Does he not consider that there is an urgent necessity here for an early-warning system of this kind to check the health of the community?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

We have to bear in mind that all the proposals that are advanced have to be fitted into the total amount of resources that we can apply to any particular service. As a general rule we are in favour of the early detection of most problems by the medical practitioner working in concert with the hospitals and local health authorities.

Photo of Mr Brian O'Malley Mr Brian O'Malley , Rotherham

In view of the established demand and value of the screenings set up at Salford and Rotherham, would my hon. Friend consider the possibility of the Ministry putting out a pamphlet to local authorities pointing out the value of this type of service?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

The value of this type of service is pretty well known throughout the country, but we will examine what my hon. Friend says.