HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 cc1253-4
66. Mr. T. Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the circular letter of 16th February, 1938, from the Department of Health for Scotland has stimulated a more extended use of sulphanilamide preparations for streptococcal and urinary infections; and whether he has any information as to the hospital-bed accommodation which may thereby be made available for war emergency purposes?

Mr. Colville

The use of these preparations by the medical profession in Scotland is, I am informed, increasing, but some of the newer derivatives particularly are still in the experimental stage. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.

Mr. Johnston

Is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman to make some estimate as to the hospital-bed accommodation that would be available in Scotland for a war emergency if there were more extended use of sulphanilamide preparations?

Mr. Colville

I do not think it would be possible to make an estimate such as the right hon. Gentleman asks for. I am anxious that as many hospital beds as possible should be made available in the event of an emergency by the use of alternative methods of treatment.

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