HC Deb 05 February 1973 vol 850 cc48-9W
Mr. Whitlock

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the National Health Service prescription charge exemption certificate which is issued to a mother, and which is normally valid until her child is one year of age, is withdrawn immediately if the baby dies within a few days of birth; and if this practice is in operation, what are the reasons for withdrawing the exemption from a woman who may be emotionally disturbed by the loss of her child and in need of medication.

Mr. Alison

While entitlement to exemption under the category covering pregnant women and nursing mothers normally ceases when a woman is unfortunate enough to lose her baby, steps would not be taken which would be likely to add to her emotional distress.