HC Deb 12 August 1889 vol 339 cc1020-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if a pension can be legally granted to an officer, under the Medical Charities Acts, on any other grounds than advanced age, length of service, physical or mental incapacity; and, if a doctor who has received a re- tiring allowance for any of the above reasons, is still entitled to hold another medical appointment in the same Poor Law Union?


The grounds upon which a superannuation allowance may be granted by the Guardians of a Union to an officer appointed under the Medical Charities Acts are permanent infirmity of body or mind or old age. The Local Government Board have been advised, in reference to a case which came before them, that there was no legal obstacle to a retiring allowance being granted to a medical officer in respect of an office under the Medical Charities Acts, although he might continue to hold another and distinct appointment under the Poor Law Acts, but the circumstances which could ever give substantial justification for such a proceeding must obviously be very exceptional.