HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 cc201-2W
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;

Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she has received during the last 12 months on the subject of the free provision of syringe needle attachments to the novapen used to treat diabetes; and if she will make a statement.

Dr. Mawhinney

We have continued to receive representations about the availability of disposable needles 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.