§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Minister of Health what British kidney machines are being developed; how many are to 5W be produced for use in the patient's home; when these will be available; how much each will cost; and whether the machines will be available under the National Health Service.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
There are four British systems, of which two may be suitable for use in patients' homes. Home dialysis presents special problems, including the continuing dependence of the patient on a hospital based unit, which it is important to evaluate before commending its widespread extension. A pilot study is in progress in London, another will start shortly in the North of England and I should be willing to consider others if they would be of value. Pending the results of these trials no decisions can be made on the types or quantities of equipment that might be required, but equipment would be available under the National Health Service if it were decided that facilities for home treatment should be extended.