HC Deb 20 February 1919 vol 112 cc1192-3W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his Department are in possession of information based on experience in other countries showing any efficacious means of dealing with the persistence of influenza: and whether any definite statement can be made as to the value of inoculation?


Reports and publications issued in other countries regarding the prevention of influenza are specially collected and considered in the Local Government Board's Medical Department. In answer to the second part of the question, I may refer the hon. Member to the Memorandum I have already promised to publish this week, of which I will send him a copy.


asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that one of the principal causes of the loss of life in the influenza epidemic has been the lack of trained nurses; whether his attention has been called to the fact that there are in France and Egypt a large number of nurses who have little or nothing to do, but who have not been demobilised because they have no fixed employer who can apply for them; and whether, in view of the renewed epidemic of influenza, he will make repre- sentations to the Secretary of State for War to have some of these nurses released at once?


I am aware that one of the principal needs in the medical treatment of influenza is competent nursing, and I am referring the proposal made in my hon. Friend's question to the authorities responsible for demobilisation. The hon. Member is aware that local authorities and nursing associations, and not the Local Government Board, are responsible for the provision of nursing facilities.