HC Deb 05 August 1890 vol 347 cc1889-90
MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether a Government Inspector was recently sent down to inquire into certain charges made against Mr. Rowland Hills, the public vaccinator at Denaby, Yorkshire; whether it was proved to the satisfaction of the Inspector that Mr. Hills had made an arrangement with a man to vaccinate babies, to charge for the same, and then to give the parents unsigned certificates, which were subsequently signed by Mr. Hills, and presented to the Doncaster Guardians, when they were again charged for,' as though the vaccination had been free; and what further action the Local Government Board intend to take in the matter?


One of the Medical Inspectors of the Local Government Board has recently made inquiries into alleged irregularities in the performance of public vaccination in the Doncaster Union. There appears to bo no doubt that Mr. Hills, the public vaccinator, had made an arrangement by which children were vaccinated by a Mr. Smith, an unqualified medical practitioner. The certificates of vaccination were filled in with the usual particulars by Mr. Smith, who vaccinated the children, and were then submitted by him to Mr. Hills, who, after signing them, as having himself performed the vaccination, forwarded the certificates to the Vaccination Offices. In some of these cases, although the vaccination fees were charged to the Guardians, payment was made to Mr. Smith by the parents. The Board have communicated with the Guardians, and requested them immediately to determine the contract with Mr. Hills, and have informed them that it will devolve upon them to consider what action they will take with regard to the cases in which they have been improperly charged with the vaccination fees.