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Camberwell 1949

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Camberwell.

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Cremation Certificates.
The Medical Officer of Health is the Medical Referee for
the Council's Crematorium at Honor Oak. During 1949 1,738
bodies were cremated as compared with 1,404 in 1948.
Staff Medical Examinations.
During 1949, the Medical Officer of Health carried out the
medical examination of 151 employees for appointment to the
permanent staff and 87 for admission to the Council's Sick Pay
Scheme. It was necessary for many of these to be seen more
than once before a recommendation could be made. In addition,
41 applicants were examined prior to admission to the permanent
official establishment of the Council. Arrangements were made
for X-ray examinations to be carried out in every case.
Employees receiving benefit under the Council's Sick Pay
Scheme who have been absent from duty in excess of 14 days
are required to be examined by the Medical Officer of Health,
who reports to the appropriate Committee. Such persons made
326 attendances during the year for this purpose.
DUTIES OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
1. Sanitary Circumstances of the Borough.
(a) The supervision of all drainage work.
(b) The provision of a pure water supply for each dwelling
house and the supervision of wells supplying water for
domestic purposes.
(c) The sanitary inspection of the Borough for the abatement
of nuisances including those caused by smoke, noise and
pigeons.
(d) The inspection of sanitary conveniences attached to
factories, schools and licensed premises. The supervision
of health conditions in workshops.
(e) The enforcement of sanitary and hygienic conditions in
shops.
(f) The inspection of the homes of outworkers.
(g) Administration of the Prevention of Damage by Pests
Act, 1949, the Infestation Order, 1943, the Rag Flock
Provisions of the Public Health (London) Act, 1936, and
the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, 1933.


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