§ 17. Dr. Stross
asked the Minister of Health what estimate he has of the numbers of citizens who are suffering from duodenitis and from gastric and duodenal ulcers; what evidence exists that the numbers are increasing or decreasing; and how far liquid milk is still advised by his Department in treating these conditions.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
No figures are available for duodenitis, but it is estimated that about one person in 100 in England and Wales is suffering from gastric or duodenal ulcer. There is no evidence of any material change in total numbers in recent years, but the number of deaths from duodenal ulcer has increased and that from gastric ulcer has fallen. Responsibility for the treatment of patients must rest with the doctors in charge, and my Department does not issue advice in these matters.