§ 70. Mr. Day
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been 1518 called to the broadcast on Friday evening, 8th July, asking listeners whether they knew where a Bragg-Paul respirator, or "iron-lung," could be found, to save the life of a child; and, in view of the fact that one could not be found in time and the child died, will he consider providing these instruments from Government funds to several centres of Great Britain in order that they could be obtained at short notice by hospitals?
§ Mr. Elliot
I am aware of the incident referred to and regret that a respirator could not be found in this case. A certain number of respirators are already available at hospital centres, and my medical officers in their visits of inspection are prepared to advise local authorities upon the question of providing them in suitable centres. In these circumstances, and having regard to the infrequent occasions on which these appliances are required, I fear that the provision by Government funds of a number of such appliances would not be justified.