HC Deb 07 May 1925 vol 183 cc1159-60W

asked the Minister of Health whether he can state approximately, for 1911-12, and also for the latest date for which statistics are available, the total number of Poor Law medical officers for the indoor and outdoor relief systems, respectively; their total annual salaries in each case; and the number at each period of the persons in receipt of medical relief only?


I am unable to state the actual number of Poor Law medical officers as in many instances the same medical officer may hold two or more separate posts. In 1911-12 there were 1, 063 institutional posts of the kind and 3, 760 outdoor posts. On the 1st January, 1921, there were 1, 129 institutional posts and 3, 538 outdoor posts. I regret that information as to the salaries paid is not available, but I am sending the right hon. Member a statement giving such information as is available. The number of persons in receipt of outdoor medical relief only at the end of March, 1912, was 22, 577, the corresponding figures for 1921 and 1924 being 13, 232 and 17, 405.