HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 cc851-2
51. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Health whether the corporation of Liverpool has yet acquired equipment for mass radiography efforts to identify persons suffering from tuberculosis; and how does he propose to accommodate in Liverpool hospitals and sanatoria the additional cases of this disease which will inevitably be traced, having in mind the already known shortage of accommodation for such cases now existing?

Mr. Willink

No, Sir. As the corporation were lately informed, I hope to provide a mass radiography unit for Liverpool early in May. The proportion of persons examined by mass radiography who are found to require institutional treatment is very small, and I am not aware that the Corporation forseee difficulty in this connexion in the near future; having regard to the measures now being taken to increase the city's present accommodation for tuberculosis cases, of which I have informed my hon. Friend.

Mr. Kirby

Is the Minister aware that the measures proposed have not yet come to pass and that when they do, we shall be short of accommodation for those who require treatment?

Mr. Willink

The hon. Member's next Question deals with that point.

Mr. Gallacher

Has the Minister considered the material produced by Dr. Munro in Ross-shire on the limitations of radiography? He has paid particular attention to this subject and recognises the value of radiography but that there are certain limitations.