HC Deb 16 July 1931 vol 255 cc786-7W

asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the value of a new serum for preventing puerperal fever in the case of confinements; whether he intends to appoint a commission of inquiry; and whether any tests in this anti-toxin have been made in the public institutions in this country and, if so, with what results?


I understand that the serum to which the hon. Member presumably refers has been and is being used for the treatment of patients in this country, but it is not yet possible to arrive at any definite conclusions as to its value. A considerable amount of re- search into the causes and treatment of puerperal fever is being undertaken, and is being carefully watched and assisted by the Medical Research Council and by my Department. I do not consider, therefore, that there is any necessity for the appointment of a special commission of inquiry into this subject.