HC Deb 06 February 1956 vol 548 c1344
62. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty sometimes experienced in making available sufficiently quickly eyes which have been bequeathed for corneal grafting under the Corneal Grafting Act, 1952; and if, in view of the fact that eyes cease so quickly to be of value for grafting purposes, greater publicity can be given to the advisability of Regis tering the testator's intention with an ophthalmic hospital and for closer con tact between hospitals and testators, so that on the death of the testator mmediate action can be taken by the hospitals concerned.

Mr. Turton

I know that practical difficulties sometimes prevent hospitals from taking advantage of offers of eyes for corneal grafting. Immediate notification of the appropriate hospital by the doctor or relatives of the testator on his death is the essential factor rather than the registration of his intention in advance. I will consider the question of publicity.