HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c184W
78. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Health if he is satisfied that the opticians are now operating fairly the system of priorities which he requested them to introduce; what classes of persons benefit under this system; and how long, on the average, people in each of the priority classes have to wait for their spectacles.

Mr. Bevan

In general, Yes. Priority is intended for cases of progressive defect, especially in children, and for people totally unable to carry on their normal duties without glasses. I understand that, broadly speaking, priority cases receive their glasses on average in about a month.

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