§ Mrs. Jane Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is available for parents whose children contract a medical condition, treatment for which cannot be obtained in the United Kingdom, to receive treatment in(a) another EC country, (b) the United States of America, (c) Japan and (d) any other country.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
There are no general powers under national health service legislation allowing purchase of treatment outside the EC for patients resident in England. There are powers under EC legislation for individual patients to be referred elsewhere in the Community for treatment with the prior authorisation of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.