HC Deb 10 June 1913 vol 53 cc1418-9
78. Mr. TOUCHE

asked if the Secretary to the Treasury can explain the delay in providing the accessories prescribed over three weeks ago by Dr. Barcroft for Mr. Thomas Abell, 82, Andover Road, Holloway, N., an insured person suffering from consumption, but not a hopeless case; is he aware that repeated applications have been made to the insurance committee for the county of London by letter and telephone with no practical result, while the patient, whose tuberculin treatment was temporarily suspended to his great prejudice when medical benefit under the Act commenced, is growing worse; and will he ask that steps may be taken to terminate a delay which causes much distress and is having a serious effect on Mr. Abell's prospects of recovery?


The insured person referred to in the question has been receiving sanatorium benefit since March last, and arrangements have now been made for him to receive additional nourishment suitable to his case. The supply of such nourishment is necessarily subject to the approval of the insurance committee, but there appears to have been no delay in the matter prejudicial to the patient's health.