§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will ensure that pensioners at home suffering from cancer with fungating wounds can use charcoal dressings on prescription for use by district nurses in the community;
(2) if he will review the type and nature of dressings supplied on prescription for cancer sufferers living at home.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Additions to the GP prescribable list, such as new dressings, must be subject to the availability of resources. Dressings prescribed by a consultant for a patient discharged into the community, and not available on the GP prescribable list, are the responsibility of the provider unit; that is, directly managed unit or NHS trust.