HC Deb 08 February 1954 vol 523 c94W
Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Health how many children have become ill following inoculation for diphtheria; in how many such cases the illness is chronic and requires extensive treatment; and whether, in view of the anxiety and often resentment felt by parents, he will allow private treatment from a specialist rather than general attendance for treatment at a hospital or clinic.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I regret that exact figures are not available, but it is known that, apart from trifling local reactions, illness attributable to the inoculation is extremely rare. As regards the last part, proper facilities for treatment are available within the National Health Service at hospitals and clinics, but private treatment by specialists is a matter for private arrangement.