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Kensington 1960

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kensington Borough]

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(c) Cases where full cost has been
borne by the Council ..« ... ... 9
(i) Number of these where
expenses will be recovered ... 2 (amounting to
£34. 5s. Od.)
(ii) Number of these where "liable"
relatives were unable to
contrxbute e.« • •. o o. 7
Amount recovered by the end of the year £301. 7s. 6d.
Additional amount expected to be
recovered ... ... 47-108° Od. £348.17s.6d.
Irrecoverable ... »•. ... 55° 6s.Od.
Total cost ooo ... .e. 4O4. 3®•^d.
Of the thirty-one cases dealt with, fourteen were eligible
for Death Grant from the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance.
The total amount recovered from this source amounted to £199* 7s. 6d.
(included in the above figures).
Since the National Assistance Act came into force on 5th Julj
1948, the Council have arranged for the burial of 465 persons under
Section 50.
The Council have an arrangement with the General Cemetery
Company who own the Kensal Green Crematorium at the north-west
corner of the borough, whereby a reduced charge of five guineas is
made for the cremation of Kensington residents, subject to certain
financial conditions.
In i960, there were 291 Kensington cremations, in comparison
with 273 in 1959 and 263 in 1958. These figures compare with
only 60 Kensington cremations in 1948 (prior to the arrangement
coming into effect).
The Medical Officer of Health arranges all medical
examinations of staff for the purposes of the Borough Council's
Superannuation Scheme. During the year 182 examinations were made.
Apart from being an objectionable social offence, fouling
of footways by dogs is a public health nuisance for which an
adequate remedy is hard to find.
While it has been shown that dogs can carry and excrete
germs capable of producing illness in man, it is seldom that cases
of human disease can positively be related to infections originating
from this source. Nevertheless, such instances do occur and the
potential risk cannot be ignored. Certainly dog filth is an
attraction to flies and blowflies, with consequent possibilities of
conveyance of infection.
The main objection, however, to the fouling of pavements
and grass verges by dog excreta is the nauseating revulsion,
embarrassment and distress caused by chance pollution of shoes,
clothing, mats and carpets, necessitating disgusting and timeconsuming
cleansing operations.