HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 cc691-2
57. Mr. D. Jones

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that diabetics still have to pay each week for their supplies for treatment, 1s. for insulin, 1s. for cotton wool, 1s. for spirits for the injections, 1s. for testing tablets and 1s. per fortnight for an injection needle, a total of 4s. 6d. every week; and what steps he proposes to take to reduce this expenditure of these sufferers.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to the hon. Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East (Mr. Blenkinsop) on 28th January, 1957.

Mr. Jones

Will the hon. Gentleman agree that the facts as set out in my Question are correct? Does he not think it an intolerable burden that these people should have to pay this amount week after week? Is he aware that there was recently brought to my knowledge a case of a man who has six children under 15 years of age who has to pay 4s. 6d. every week to keep himself in condition to go to work? Does he think this is really playing the game by these people?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

There has been a good number of Questions on this matter, and I do not think there is very much to add to previous Answers. In the case particularly of stabilised diabetics insulin sufficient for three months can be prescribed. If the hon. Member has any further facts to bring to my notice, I will certainly look into them.

Dr. Summerskill

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in February a Question on this subject was answered by the Minister, when it was implied that a single pack would be produced for diabetics? Can the hon. Gentleman say why there have been second thoughts on this matter?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I do not know that they are second thoughts. Suggestions for various packs have been made by the B. M. A. and they are being considered.