HC Deb 24 March 1938 vol 333 cc1370-1
54. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the loss of national efficiency and the suffering experienced by persons due to the incidence of rheumatic complaints, he will set up a committee to consider the best methods of the treatment of rheumatism and the provision of facilities for this treatment?

Sir K. Wood

Work in this connection is already being undertaken by the Empire Rheumatism Council in co-operation with a special committee of the Royal College of Physicians. The Medical Research Council also encourages and assists research in the various aspects of this disease.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any Government grant will be made towards those who are undergoing this treatment?

Mr. A. Jenkins

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are many thousands of people suffering from this complaint who are not able to get proper and adequate treatment, and will he take immediate steps either by setting up a committee or by an alteration of the National Health Insurance Acts in order to see that people may get adequate treatment?

Sir K. Wood

That is another matter.

Mr. Levy

Would not rheumatism be alleviated by taking more pure and wholesome water?