§ Mr. Willey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many hospital laboratories carrying out cultural tests of tuberculosis material do not have protective cabinets;
(2) how many hospitals do not provide annual X-ray tests for staff working in the laboratories;
(3) how many hospitals do not carry out tuberculosis skin tests on newly-appointed laboratory staff;
(4) how many hospitals do not provide B.C.G. vaccine for negative reactors working in their laboratories;
(5) what steps he has taken to ensure that the recommendations made by the Working Party in 1958 about precautions in hospital laboratories are carried out.
§ Mr. Crossman
The recommendations of the Working Party on Precautions against Tuberculous Infection in the Diagnostic Laboratory published in 1958 were commended to hospital authorities. A survey of most regional board areas in 1966 showed that the main recommendations were being carried out in the majority of hospital laboratories working with tuberculous material. All children requiring it are now given the opportunity of B.C.G. vaccination before leaving school and subsequent tuberculin testing is no longer considered necessary.20W
§ Mr. Willey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in the past 10 years of staff working in hospital laboratories.