London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Chelsea 1960

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1960

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A total of 45 medical examinations were carried out during the
year 1960 on members and prospective members of the staff.
One person was found to be unfit.
Section 50 of the National Assistance Act, 1948, places
responsibility upon a local authority to arrange the burial or
cremation of any person in respect of whom no other suitable
arrangements can be made.
The Borough Council does not, however, arrange for cremations
to be carried out. In some instances it has not always been
possible to trace any surviving relatives, although every
conceivable line of enquiry has been pursued, but there is always
the possibility that a member of the deceased's family might
ultimately be contacted, and who would not express approval to
cremation having been performed.
During the year it was necessary to arrange three interments
as follows-
Males Females
(Aged) 79 years 87 years
72 years
A public mortuary has not been in existence within the
Borough for some years. An agreement has been effected with the
Hammersmith Borough Council whereby excellent facilities are
available at their mortuary in Fulham Palace Road. During 1960,
two hundred and fifty-seven post-mortems were carried out in respect
of Chelsea residents.