HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1482-3W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he will draw the attention of the Scottish Ministry of Health to the fact that recent outbreaks of smallpox in London, Liverpool and other English towns have been limited to a few persons through the energetic action of the health officials of those towns; and whether he will suggest to the Scottish Board of Health that they should make representations to the health officials of the city of Glasgow to the effect that the methods so advantageously adopted in English cities should be followed in Glasgow at the present time, and in any future outbreak, in order that such outbreaks may not spread as the present outbreak has been allowed to spread?


My right hon. Friend is not aware that the measures taken in English towns for the control of outbreaks of smallpox have been more efficient than those taken in Glasgow. The Scottish Board of Health have from the beginning of the outbreak been in daily touch with the public health officials of Glasgow, and are satisfied with the measures taken to deal with the outbreak and to prevent the further spread of the disease later in the season. Adequate arrangements have been made from the start for the hospital accommodation of cases, for the isolation of contracts, and for the free vaccination of the general public.

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