§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received concerning the availability of Novofine disposable needles used by diabetics; what is her estimate of their use where available; and what response she has made to representations;
§ Dr. Mawhinney
We have continued to receive representations about the availability of disposable needles202W on prescription. Disposable needles must take their place alongside the many other competing claims for national health service funding. The Department does not attempt to collect centrally information about needles purchased privately by diabetics.