HC Deb 18 February 1924 vol 169 cc1332-3W

asked the. Minister of Health whether he has seen an account of an inquest at Shrewsbury, held on 4th December, 1923, upon Elizabeth Jane Cookson, who died on 2nd December, 1923, where it was stated in evidence that the tuberculosis medical officer for the county wrote to the relieving officer asking for out-relief for her, and that Dr. Nicholls, medical officer of the union, said that she ought to have special diet and communicated with the relieving officer, giving his medical certificate for eggs and milk as out-relief; that the guardians of the Atcham Union refused out-relief and ordered the house infirmary; that the infirmary for Shrewsbury is closed, so that she would have had to have gone to Wellington or Wales; that the jury at the inquest stated their opinion that if the deceased had had out-relief when recommended by Dr. Nicholls her chances of recovery would have been enhanced; and whether he will obtain a full account of the inquest from the coroner and ask him for any suggestions as to the best method of preventing the recurrence of such a death?


I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a communication which I have received from the board of guardians in regard to this case.