HC Deb 19 January 1977 vol 924 cc247-8W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what details are available to him on progress in other countries on treatment for retinitis pigmentosa.

Mr. Moyle

I know of only two treatments abroad—at the Helmholtz Institute in the Soviet Union and the Opos Clinic in Switzerland—which differ significantly from those available under the National Health Service. My Department is obtaining information about the former under the health co-operation agreement we have with the Soviet Union and will be making inquiries about the latter. The Medical Research Council working party on retinitis pigmentosa is keeping in touch with world literature on the subject.