HC Deb 03 June 1878 vol 240 c1070

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he will state to the House the circumstances under which the Guardians of the Saffron Walden Union refused to pay the usual fee to the medical officer of No. 3 district for treating a fracture of the leg of a child of J. Wright, whose family had previously been in receipt of Poor Law medical relief; whether, in such cases of emergency, medical officers are bound to wait for a relieving officer's order or to forfeit their fee; and, if he will lay upon the Table Copies of the Correspondence between the Board and the Poor Law Medical Officers' Association upon the subject, as well as of any Report he may have received from the Poor Law Inspector of the district?


, in reply, said, that he had been informed by the Guardians that no relief had been given to Wright for the last eight years, and that they were of opinion that his family were not entitled to such assistance. On occasions of emergency medical officers were not bound to wait for a relieving officer's order or to forfeit their fee, but when the case was not one of emergency they were required to ask the Guardians, with whom it rested to say whether payment should be made or not. He had no objection to lay upon the Table the Correspondence on the subject.