HC Deb 27 May 1937 vol 324 c419
32. Mr. Rowson

asked the Minister of Health whether he will set up a committee of inquiry, consisting of an equal number of medical men and laymen, to inquire into the efficacy and genuineness of the Duke-Fingard inhalation treatment for diseases of the respiratory organs, such as chronic catarrh, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, asthma, and tuberculosis; and will he take steps to have this treatment made available for panel patients under the Health Insurance Acts who are suffering from chest complaints?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir. I am not aware of any sufficient reason for instituting a special inquiry into this treatment. As regards the second part of the question, an insurance practitioner is free to give such treatment as in his judgment is appropriate for his patients.

Mr. Rawson

Will the Minister put this treatment on the list of medicaments which may be used by the medical profession for the diseases mentioned in the question?

Sir K. Wood

The hon. Member had better give me notice of that question.

Mr. Jagger

Is the Minister aware that personal friends of mine and numbers of my constituents who had been given up as incurable have been cured by this treatment?