HC Deb 20 February 1907 vol 169 cc841-2
MR. RAPHAEL (Derbyshire, S.)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board for what reason the Board has insisted that the Poor Law guardians of the borough of Derby should pay the medical officer of the union workhouse a fee of 2s. 6d. for each case of vaccination at the workhouse in excess of the inclusive salary he is ready and willing to accept from the guardians; and if he will give instructions to his Department that in the future no action shall be taken to frustrate the endeavours of local authorities to secure economical administration.


The law contemplates that a contract will be entered into with a workhouse medical officer in respect of the vaccination of the persons in the workhouse and that a fee will be paid him in respect of each such vaccination. The remuneration for this purpose cannot properly be included in his salary, as the remuneration covers duties which would not devolve on him in the absence of a contract. But the fact that separate provision will be made in respect of fees for vaccination may of course be taken into account in determining the amount of the salary.