HC Deb 17 June 1963 vol 679 cc17-8
24. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement on his reconsideration of the proposal to provide a free service of sterile syringes for use in the general medical service.

Mr. Powell

Various proposals are under discussion with representatives of the medical profession. I have no statement to make at present.

Dr. Mabon

Does the Minister realise that, while his answer about the use of this service in hospitals has been welcomed by the hospital authorities, doctors in general practice have a very keen interest in the matter and would welcome an early decision?

Mr. Powell

Yes, and I am anxious that the growing use of central sterile supply departments should help in supplying general practitioners, but, of course, that is separate from the question of a free service.