HC Deb 07 March 1927 vol 203 c849
94. Mr. HARRIS

asked the President of the Board of Education what he considers is required to provide a local education authority with a complete medical service; haw often a child should be inspected during the elementary school period and what ailments should be included in the treatment scheme; and what is the standard aimed at by paragraph 6 of Circular 1388 when it is laid down by the Board that the first aim of national policy should be the completion of the school medical service?


A complete school medical service for children in public elementary schools should provide for medical inspection, for following up cases of defect found in the course of inspection, and for medical treatment of defects. Local authorities are required to provide for the inspection of all children on admission to school, on attaining the age of eight, and on attaining the age of 12; provision should also be made for the inspection of special cases and the re-examination of children previously inspected. With regard to the last part of the question, it is not easy to define a rigid standard for a service comprising so many activities, but the hon. Member will find a discussion of the problems involved in Chapter V of the Annual Report of the Board's Chief Medical Officer for the year 1924.