HC Deb 02 May 1892 vol 3 cc1751-2
MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the attention of the Board has been called to the conduct of Mr. Sutton, the Medical Officer of the King's Norton Board of Guardians, concerning the vaccination and the death of a child named Dangerfield; whether he is aware that the Guardians, at their last meeting, by a majority of one, refused to ask the Local Government Board whether chicken pox is a disease which under the General Order of the 28th February, 1887, should preclude a public vaccinator from vaccinating a child suffering from it, and if a protest has since been received from the minority; and whether he will make special inquiries into the case, and give instructions with a view of preventing in the future the vaccination of a child without proper previous examination by the Medical Officer into the state of its health?


My right hon. Friend has requested me to answer the question. The Local Government Board has received a communication signed by six Guardians of the King's Norton Union, in which it is alleged that a public vaccinator lately vaccinated a child suffering from chicken pox, and inquiring whether, in the opinion of the Board, the public vaccinator was right in his view that the existence of this disease was no objection to the vaccination of a child. This is probably the case to which the question of the hon. Member refers. I am making further inquiries, and have requested the Board of Guardians to procure from the public vaccinator who vaccinated the child, and to forward to the Board, a detailed Report upon the circumstances of the case alluded to.

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