§ 9. Mr. Braine
asked the Minister of Health how many notifications of new cases of tuberculosis in England and Wales were recorded in 1949.
§ Mr. Bevan
I think it is an increase. These increases are due to the fact that we are now using mass radiography. Although we are discovering more tuberculosis of a respiratory kind—the increase in the number of notifications being 5½ per cent.—there has been a decrease in the number of deaths, over the last five years, of 12½ per cent.
§ Mr. Braine
In view of the fact that these tragic figures continue to rise and good housing is preventive medicine, will the right hon. Gentleman not now consider treating houses as a No. 1 priority?
§ 24. Mr. Gammans
asked the Minister of Health what arrangements have been made to ensure that those who, as a result of the mass radiology tests are found to be in the early stages of tuberculosis have the requisite treatment.
§ Mr. Gammans
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is not now very much delay in many cases before these people can get any sort of treatment?
§ 25. Brigadier Smyth
asked the Minister of Health how long a tuberculosis patient has now to wait for a hospital bed.
§ Brigadier Smyth
Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that this situation is improving, because it seems to a great many of us that it is getting steadily worse?
§ 35. Mr. Heathcoat Amory
asked the Minister of Health how many patients are waiting accommodation in tuberculosis hospitals and sanatoria at the most recent date for which figures are available.
In view of the long waiting lists of people for this kind of treatment, does the right hon. Gentleman feel that any revision in relation to priority of needs within the hospital service is called for and that any solution could be found by making use of beds which exist in Switzerland?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Elliot
Did not the Minister hear the concluding remarks of my hon. Friend's question, which was that he might give consideration to relieving these heavy lists by making use of the large number of beds available in Switzerland?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Elliot
Yes, but is it not the case that currency difficulties have now existed for a considerable time? In view of the great shortage of beds and the well-known fact that it will not be possible to catch up with these lists in a reasonable time, could there not be some acceleration?