HC Deb 01 February 1945 vol 407 c1615
26. Mr. Ivor Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the medical referees are now describing by other names conditions that were formerly diagnosed as industrial dermatitis; and whether, the patients are thus deprived of their rights under the Workmen's Compensation Acts, he will take steps to revise the definition.

Mr. H. Morrison

I am not aware that there has been any such change as my hon. Friend suggests. If he will furnish me with the information, the matter will be looked into.

Mr. Thomas

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that it is a common practice to describe as eczema, or pustular pompolyx, what was formerly described as industrial dermatitis, and that there is a widespread feeling that this is an insurance company ramp?

Mr. Morrison

I do not think so. The statutory definition is "dermatitis produced by dust or liquids." If my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of cases that he has in mind, I shall be happy to look into them.

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