HC Deb 07 November 1955 vol 545 cc157-8W
93. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Health how many applications by, or on behalf of, tubercular patients for treatment in Swiss sanatoria during the years March, 1953, to September, 1955, were refused.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Seventy-one had to be refused by the responsible consultants as medically unsuitable or too young to be sent.

95. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Health what financial saving is effected by his cancellation of the scheme for sending tubercular patients to Swiss sanatoria for treatment under the National Health Service.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Swiss scheme cost about £100,000 a year, which had to be found in foreign currency. The cost of treating an equivalent number of patients in sanatoria in this country would be about £75,000.