§ 13. Mr. Driberg
asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the appeal sent to him by 42 patients at Morland Hall Clinic, Alton, on the subject of the exclusion of sufferers from non-pulmonary tuberculosis from the benefits of the new financial allowances; and what reply he has returned thereto.
§ Mr. Willink
Yes, Sir. I have explained in reply that the scope of the present scheme of allowances is governed by the fact that it has been introduced as a war service under emergency powers, and that this does not enable me to extend it to cases of non-pulmonary tuberculosis, the nature and treatment of which cannot be related to the prosecution of the war effort.
§ Mr. Driberg
Is it correct that these unfortunate people get only 9s. a week after six months—which is obviously not sufficient, even with public assistance, to maintain their families and cover their own expenses in hospital?