HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 c1816W
Mr. McNeil

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether there is any priority of medical treatment for ex-Service men who are afflicted with tuberculosis in any of its forms, or whether medical officers of health, in granting priorities of treatment, have regard solely to the medical needs of the patient.

Mr. Johnston

Local authorities give the necessary treatment as quickly as possible to ex-Service men suffering from any form of tuberculosis, and where sanatorium treatment is not required this usually presents no difficulty. Most local authorities, however, have a waiting list of tuberculous patients who require sanatorium treatment, and the chief determining factor in deciding priority of admission to sanatoria must be the medical needs of the patient.