64. Mr. F. HALL (Dulwich)
asked if the man named Youatt, a consumptive and an insured contributor under the National Insurance Act, who has frequently become a charge upon the South Stoneham Guardians, owing to the insurance authorities refusing further responsibility for his case, was for a time an inmate of Tilford sanatorium; if the medical superintendent of that institution reported that the air at Tilford was too strong and cold for Youatt; if, on receiving this report, the only action taken by the county medical officer was to communicate with the South Stoneham Guardians to the effect that Youatt was due to be discharged; if all insured contributors suffering from tuberculosis are liable at any time to be discharged in this way; and if any compensation is payable to Poor Law authorities in respect of insured persons who leave their employment in expectation of receiving free hotel accommodation under the Insurance Act and become a charge upon the rates, owing to there being insufficient insurance funds to provide for their treatment?
I have nothing to add to my previous reply to the hon. Member, except that, as my right hon. Friend is informed, the medical superintendent of the Tilford sanatorium has made no such report.
The provisions of the Act require that the contributions of insured persons should not be used in relief of rates.