HC Deb 05 March 1896 vol 38 c220
SIR MARK STEWART (Kirkcudbright)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if he is aware that certain Parish Councils are in the habit of sending, as the Parochial Boards have previously done, pauper patients suffering from incurable disease to poor-houses where no regular nurse is kept; and if he will make an order that no such case be received into a poor-house unless a certified nurse is on the premises?


All parishes having an interest in a poor-house are entitled to send paupers there, and the Statute does not empower the Local Government Board to control this right. The Board have endeavoured to encourage trained sick nursing by all the means at their disposal, and have obtained sanction to devote a portion of their medical grant to that object; but they have not the power to compel any Poor-house Committee to provide trained nurses in any particular case.