HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 cc29-30
49. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Health whether he has now received specific advice from the Medical Research Council on the prevention and cure of chronic bronchitis; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Turton

I have nothing yet to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Huddersfield West (Mr. Wade) on 30th January.

Mr. Collins

That was nearly six months ago. When will the right hon. Gentleman announce what plans he has for making special efforts to deal with the increasing toll of bronchial complaints? Will he consider using some of the empty beds no longer required for T.B. patients to prepare for the unquestioned increase in difficulties which will come from bronchitis patients in the winter?

Mr. Turton

This Question and the one on 30th January dealt particularly with research. The Medical Research Council is conducting research into this matter. It is optimistic to expect quick and early results from such research, but research is proceeding and is also being undertaken by regional hospital boards.