§ 44. Commander Pursey
asked the Minister of Health if he will consider producing a pamphlet for opticians to give to patients, on their first visit, stating what is available to them under the National Health Service as regards examination of eyes and provision of lenses and frames, in order to ensure that patients obtain the full public service to which they are entitled.
§ Miss Pitt
Full information is already given on the back of the recommendation required for first use of the service, on a leaflet accompanying every approved prescription and on notices provided for display by opticians. My right hon. and learned Friend does not consider an additional pamphlet is necessary.
§ Commander Pursey
Is the hon. Lady aware that I have spent two months making inquiries in opticians' shops in south-west London, Surrey, Middlesex and Hull and I have found that not one optician is displaying the Ministry of Health notice giving details of the National Health Service scheme and showing the wide range of frames available? Further, does she not realise that 250,000 poor people are still using Woolworth's magnifying spectacles, price 6s. 9d., because there is no one document to inform them that they can obtain proper spectacles for £1 10s. 3d?
§ Miss Pitt
I am aware that the hon. Gentleman spends a great deal of time on this matter from the number of Questions he has put down on the subject. Opticians are not required to display the notice. The information I have is that most are believed to do so. I will, however, examine the situation in the particular areas which he has mentioned.
§ Dr. Summerskill
As many reputable opticians display this notice, would the Parliamentary Secretary ask her right hon. and learned Friend whether he would consider making it compulsory?