§ 51. Dr, D. Johnson
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that a proportion, estimated at from 10 to 20 per cent., of patients treated by electric convulsant therapy suffer as a consequence from crush fractures of the spine; and if he will order an investigation so that the risks of this otherwise valuable form of treatment of mental illness can be accurately assessed and, if possible, guarded against.
§ Mr. Turton
I am making some inquiries and looking at the correspondence which my hon. Friend has sent me. I will write to him as soon as I can.
§ Dr. Johnson
May I again thank my right hon. Friend for his interest? In view of the cases which I have submitted to him, will he insist in particular that anybody who, after this operation, complains of ill effects, should be immediately X-rayed and given suitable after-care?