HC Deb 20 July 1908 vol 192 cc1461-2

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Local Government Board is attempting to force the Tipperary Board of Guardians to appoint several trained nurses in the rural districts of the union; and if he can state from what source the salaries of those nurses, if appointed, is to come.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The medical officers of certain dispensary districts in the Tipperary Union have represented to the Local Government Board's medical inspector that mid wives are required in those districts. The Local Government Board have called the attention of the guardians to the necessity for making adequate provision for the skilled treatment of maternity cases among the poor, but no definite decision in the matter has yet been arrived at. The salaries of such midwives are borne by the union.