§ 40. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Minister of Health why William Barnes, of 10, Faraday Avenue, Sidcup, who had his eyes tested on 26th November, 1948, is still without glasses after six months and five days.
§ hospital boards; and if he will now publish a list showing the numbers of patients on each list as at the last convenient date.
§ Mr. Platts-Mills
Is the Minister aware of the deep anxiety amongst the public and amongst doctors at the length of waiting lists, and will he take some steps to grapple with that situation?
§ Mr. Lipson
Can my right hon. Friend say how these lists compare with the lists before the National Health Service came into operation?
§ Following is the answer:
§ Sir W. Smithers
Is not that answer evidence of the inability of this Government to fulfil their promises?
§ Mr. W. Griffiths
Is my right hon. Friend aware that these typical delays are due to shortages of spectacle lenses, and is he doing anything to bring in supplies from abroad and particularly from the soft currency areas, to meet this demand?
§ Mr. Shurmer
Is the Minister aware that there are some people, who, realising the shortage of lenses, attend their opticians as private patients and so get their glasses in five or six weeks by paying for them, while others have to wait six or seven months?
§ Mr. Bramall
Is it not a fact that my right hon. Friend has been in correspondence with my hon. Friend the Member for Chislehurst (Mr. G. Wallace) on the subject of Mr. Barnes' case in view of the fact that Mr. Barnes is a constituent of my hon. Friend?