§ 33. Mrs. Hardie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether there has been any increase in the number of cases of tuberculosis reported this year in Scotland; and if so, will he state the age and sex groups where the increase has taken place?
With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing quarterly tuberculosis notifications for Scotland in the last 4½years. While these figures show that tuberculosis declined steadily until 1940, I regret to say that since the early part of that year an upward trend has been observed. Information as to the ages and sex of patients will not be available until after the end of the year.
§ Mrs. Hardie
Will my right hon. Friend use his influence to see that young girls do not have to work too long hours in bad workshops and factories?
I think that is a matter for another Member of the Government, but I will certainly draw his attention to that point.
§ Mr. Kirkwood
Can my right hon. Friend tell us what is the reason for the upward move in the number of persons who have contracted tuberculosis?
I do not think there is one reason; I think there are many reasons. There are the question of the black-out and its effects on the nerves; intensification of effort in workshops, the long winter, and sometimes the fact that workers have had to move from their ordinary habitations and take less comfortable quarters.
Mr. David Adams
Would not my right hon. Friend add to the entertaining list the quality of the milk supply?
§ Dr. Edith Summerskill
Would my. right hon. Friend say that part of the increase is due to the insufficiency of 439 nurses and that patients are being sent from our sanatoria before they are completely well, to contact their families?
I have no evidence of that in Scotland, but if my hon. Friend will give me any evidence on that point, the Department for which I am responsible will look into it.
§ Following is the table:
|Period.||Pulmonary.||Non-Pulmonary.||Total.||Total for the Year.|