HC Deb 16 July 1913 vol 55 cc1234-5

asked the President of the Local Government Board if in several of the first annual reports of the county tuberculosis officers lately issued, attention is drawn to the evil effects both to tuberculous patients and member of their families of the neglect of such patients after their discharge from a sanatorium; and whether, seeing that there is admittedly in these cases a gap for which the National Insurance Act makes no provision, and which may result in physical recidivism as well as additional expenditure on the part of county insurance committees, the Government propose, either in the National Insurance Act (1911) Amendment Bill, now before the House, or through the Board's administration, to remedy this defect?


The reports which have been at present received by the Local Government Board make no special reference to the point, but the value of aftercare of patients who have received treatment in sanatoria is generally well recognised, and in the view of the Department it should form an important part of the work of the dispensaries which are now being established. I have brought this view to the notice of local authorities.

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