HC Deb 06 April 1905 vol 144 cc652-3
MR. NOLAN (Louth, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the Local Government Board in proceeding by sealed order to suppress the Drumconrath Medical Relief Dispensary; whether he is aware that under the new arrangement some of the sick poor will be at least ten or twelve miles from the nearest medical relief centre; and, if so, whether, in view of the opposition of the ratepayers to the change and the protest of the Ardee Board of Guardians, within whose district the division affected is situated, against the proposal, he will invite the Local Government Board to reconsider its decision.


The Drumconrath dispensary district was merged in the adjoining districts of Dunleer and Collon No. 2. In each of these districts the residence of the medical officer is now centrally situated and within a reasonable distance of all parts of the district, and the Board are satisfied that no revision of their decision is necessary.


Has not this change been made in direct opposition to the wishes of the whole of the people, as well as of the local authorities. What does the right hon. Gentleman consider "a reasonable distance?" Is it eleven or twelve miles?


Order, order!