HC Deb 20 November 1956 vol 560 cc1521-2
4. Mrs. Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that a successful operation was performed for the first time in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, on a haemophilic patient; what was the nature of the operation; and what report thereon he has received from the Medical Research Council.

Mr. J. N. Browne

The case to which the hon. Member no doubt refers is not, I understand, the first of its kind, atlhough I am glad to say the treatment has been successful. It is not usual to disclose publicly the details of such treatment, but a report is being sent by the hospital to the Medical Research Council because of its interest in such patients.

Mrs. Mann

If it is not in the interest of the public to disclose such details, is the hon. Gentleman aware that every newspaper in the land has been claiming that for the first time in history a haemophilic has been operated on successfully for appendicitis? My information is that this claim is utterly false. Are haemophilics to be misled into believing that they can now be operated on, and cannot the hon. Gentleman do something to counteract these misleading statements in the newspapers regarding patients in infirmaries?

Mr. Browne

I think that the hon. Lady's Question and the reply which I have just made will draw sufficient attention to the matter.