§ MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to a censure passed by a coroner's jury upon the Chelmsford Board of Guardians; and whether he could take any steps to prevent in other cases mischief arising from the mistaken belief of guardians that a man with his throat cut, and not in a position to obtain necessary nursing or medical attendance, though urgently required, may not legally be relieved.
(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I am aware of this case, and have communicated with the clerk to the guardians with respect to it. I am informed that the guardians do not entertain the belief referred to in the last part of the Question, and that in the present instance they were sitting on the day when the case occurred, and as soon as they became aware of the facts they at once made an order for the man's admission to the workhouse infirmary. It does not seem necessary that I should take any action in the matter.