§ Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Health whether any record is kept by the medical superintendent of the Bir- 1012W mingham Infectious Diseases Hospital to show how many of the children sent in as cases of diphtheria and subsequently diagnosed as tonsillitis had previously been immunised; and, if so, whether he will publish statistics on this point for the last three years?
Sir H. YOUNG
The following is the information furnished by the local authority on this subject:
Figures are not yet available in respect of the year 1934. It should be noted that 50 per cent. of the cases quoted in column 2 were also diagnosed as tonsillitis
Year. Column 1. Column 2. Column 3. Total number of suspected cases of diphtheria admitted to hospital. No. of cases in Column 1 which proved not to be diphtheria. No. of cases in Column 2 previously immunised and now diagnosed as tonsillitis. 1931 … 1,728 690 9 1932 … 1,156 609 10 1933 … 788 441 11