HC Deb 28 June 1881 vol 262 cc1480-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to the following paragraph which appeared in the "Times" of June 18th:— An inquest was held at Plymouth yesterday on the body of a child four months old named Florence Maud Woodley. She was recently vaccinated. On Thursday the arm became inflamed, and the child died yesterday. Independent medical testimony was to the effect that the child had been strong from birth and had died from exhaustion indirectly due to vaccination. The jury returned a verdict to the same effect; and, if he will cause inquiry to be made into the facts of the case?


Sir, my attention has been called to the case, and I have made some inquiry with respect to it. I find that an inquest was held on the child, who, according to the mother's testimony, had not been nursed from its birth, but simply had milk and water and a little sugar. But, so far from the jury having returned a verdict to the effect suggested, it appears by the inquisition that the child died from natural causes; and the medical man who was called in when the child was dying, and who gave evidence at the inquest, has stated in a public letter that vaccination had nothing whatever to do with its death.