§ Mr. ASTOR
asked the President of the Local Government Board (1) whether it is 2258W proposed that the beds available for the purposes of sanatorium benefit in fever and other hospitals shall be reserved chiefly for advanced cases of tuberculosis; (2) how many medical men in charge of small-pox, fever, and other hospitals approved by the Local Government Board for the purposes of sanatorium benefit, where it is proposed to treat early cases of consumption, have held appointments or been trained in special institutions for the treatment of tuberculosis; (3) how many of the medical men holding senior appointments in small-pox, fever, and other hospitals, approved for the purposes of sanatorium benefit, come up to the special standard laid down by the Local Government Board in their Memorandum of 14th May, and repeated in their Memorandum of 6th July?
§ Mr. BURNS
I am advised that the beds available at isolation hospitals will, in many instances, be used not only for advanced cases, but also for cases requiring short periods of training and treatment and for cases under observation. As regards the medical men who are now in charge of existing institutions, I cannot say what are their exact special qualifications, but they all possess general knowledge of the methods of treatment of tuberculosis, and, as I have already informed the hon. Member, the Board have only given provisional approval for a period of six months to these institutions.