HC Deb 11 April 1927 vol 205 cc33-4

asked the President of the Board of Education how many local education authorities provide their medical officers with secretaries, who accompany these medical officers on their visits to schools for the examination of children; and what duties are performed by these secretaries?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

As I have already informed my hon. Friend, the arrangement made by the Lancashire Authority appears to be exceptional. The duties of these clerks are, I understand

  1. (i) To prepare the cards for routine and special medical inspection.
  2. (ii) To prepare the summaries for the school medical officer's monthly and annual reports.
  3. (iii) To send notices to parents and arrange times of interview with the assistant school medical officer.
  4. (iv) To arrange appointments for dental treatment of cases referred by the assistant school medical officer.
  5. (v) To arrange appointments for ophthalmic treatment.
  6. (vi) To arrange appointments for the orthopædic surgeon, to take down his reports in shorthand and to transcribe them.
  7. (vii) To take down in shorthand the assistant school medical officer's reports on school sanitation and to transcribe them.
These duties, except the first, are practically one and all such as are undertaken by the clerical staff of any large local education authority, and are usually completed at the offices of the local education authority. In certain areas this is also true of the first, where an inspection card is made out at the office when the child is placed on a school register.