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Volume 203: debated on Monday 1 August 1870

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said, he wished to ask the President of the Poor Law Board, Whether he will issue any general instructions or regulations to Dispensary Committees or Boards of Guardians on the following points, with a view to secure an uniform and efficient dispensary system throughout-the metropolis:—1, as to the classes entitled to gratuitous medical relief; 2, as to the area and pauper population to be attached to each dispensary; 3, as to the requisite accommodation and furniture at each dispensary, and the number, duties, and remuneration of the medical and other officers; and, whether care will be taken to secure a registration of the various diseases, and the treatment adopted?

said, in reply, that no general regulations would be issued as to the classes entitled to gratuitous medical relief. They would be the same classes as were now entitled to out-door relief. The area and pauper population attached to each dispensary had been, and would be, fixed according to the varying circumstances of each particular Union. As to the third Question of the hon. Baronet, the Poor Law Board insisted upon proper accommodation and furniture for each dispensary, and the regulations in these respects had been agreed to by the Boards of Guardians. General regulations would be issued with regard to the conduct of business, the attendance of the medical officers, and so forth, and care would be taken to have the several diseases and their treatment registered.