HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 c223
20. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fully qualified pharmacists there are in the county of Midlothian; and if he is satisfied they will cope with demands of existing population.

Mr. Millan

There are 26 pharmacies dispensing National Health Service prescriptions in Midlothian, at each of which there is at least one qualified pharmacist. I have no reason to believe that these pharmacies cannot meet the needs of the population of this area.

Mr. Eadie

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is great disquiet and anxiety amongst certain of my constituents about future services? Will he not consider meeting the pharmacists of the county of Midlothian, through the medium of the Pharmaceutical Society, in order to allay some of the fears and anxieties?

Mr. Millan

The pharmacists have not expressed any desire to meet me on this matter. I know that there is some concern—for example, in Rosewell—but I have already written to my hon. Friend on this topic and I do not think that at the moment any special steps are needed.