HC Deb 16 November 1959 vol 613 cc795-6
36. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Health if he will make inquiries into his Department's failure to supply a suitable wheelchair to Mrs. Irene Mary Glover, 98 Church Street, Audley, who applied for a replacement several months ago, and the supply to her, in error, of a juvenile wheelchair.

Miss Pitt

I have made inquiries and regret the delay in meeting Mrs. Glover's needs. Chairs with different size seats are available and she was supplied with a standard adult chair in September, but this, however, was not suitable, and a more suitable model was sent to her last week.

Mr. Swingler

In thanking the hon. Lady for the last part of her answer, may I ask her to make a further investigation? As this matter involved a period of four or five months and two visits by technical officers to Mrs. Glover, there seems to be some incompetence in the administration in view of the long delay.

Miss Pitt

I have said to the hon. Gentleman that I am sorry about the delay. Apparently, Mrs. Glover needed a larger size of chair than the normal adult one. If the hon. Gentleman wishes, I will gladly send him a letter of apology which he can pass on to his constituent.