HC Deb 25 February 1976 vol 906 cc274-5W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why disposable syringes are not available for diabetics under the National Health Service.

Dr. Owen

To make disposable syringes generally available would be expensive and I do not think we would be justified in diverting the necessary expenditure from other NHS priorities. Where disposable syringes and needles are essential for a diabetic patient on medical grounds they can be supplied through hospitals.