HC Deb 30 April 1968 vol 763 cc985-6
21. Mr. Victor Yates

asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the need of Mr. D. A. Goldie of Birmingham for a power splint similar to those being supplied to the British Polio Fellowship to remedy the condition caused by a broken shoulder and paralysed arm; and how long this man will have to wait before he is able to obtain such an aid through the National Health Service.

Mr. Snow

A powered splint is now ready for clinical trials. Mr. Goldie has kindly agreed to take part in the trials and if it is shown that he will benefit from the device he will be provided with one.

Mr. Yates

Does not my hon. Friend realise that I submitted this case to him nine months ago and that this man suffered very considerable pain? Does he not think it reasonable to expect that this man should be given this splint without further delay in order to relieve the pain?

Mr. Snow

I do not think my hon. Friend understood my Answer. This unit is being developed. It is not yet ready for general use. That is why we are very pleased that Mr. Goldie has agreed to take part in the trials.

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