§ 20. Mr. Gurden
asked the Minister of Health what representations he has received about the supply of essential intravenous fluids; and what action he has taken.
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Kenneth Robinson)
My attention has been drawn to difficulties in some areas, including Birmingham, and steps have been taken to ensure the fair distribution of supplies.
§ Mr. Gurden
The Minister has acknowledged the grave shortage of pharmacists, certainly in the Midlands. What can he tell us about the closing-down of the Cuxson Gerrard Manufactory? What is he doing about the whole problem? As I think you once said, Mr. Speaker, "The question is: what is the answer?"
§ Mr. Robinson
According to my information, supplies from existing commercial sources are gradually increasing. Although the general situation is still difficult, according to my information it is not critical. On the question of the shortage of pharmacists, I refer the hon. Gentleman to my hon. Friend's reply to his Question on 13th February and also to the reply given to the hon. Member for Shrewsbury (Sir J. Langford-Holt) on 24th April.