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Southwark 1912

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Southwark, Borough of]

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the practice of the dispensary on days appointed by the
Dispensary Administrative Committee.
The chief points in the establishment of a Tuberculosis Dispensary
are:—
(l) That, as the health portion of the work is equally as
important as the clinical, the Medical Officer of Health
and the Tuberculosis Officer should attend the meetings
of the Dispensary Administrative Committee.
(2) That while the Tuberculosis Officer should act independently
clinically, his work in respect to health matters should
be under the control and supervision of the Medical Officer
of Health.
(3) That the Tuberculosis Officer to be appointed be the head
of the Dispensary, that he be specially trained in the
diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, and that his
services be available both for treating cases at the
Dispensary and as a consultant. He shall act as Medical
Adviser to the Insurance Committee for purposes of
Sanatorium benefit, on terms to be agreed on between
the Council and the Insurance Committee, and he shall
not engage in private general practice.
(4) That as the advice to be given to the Insurance
mittee is both clinical and hygienic, the Medical Officer
of Health and the Tuberculosis Officer should act as final
advisers in regard to Sanatoria benefits.

The staff required to work the Dispensary and the approximate cost per annum is as follows, viz.:—

£S.d.
The Medical Officer of Health as Chief Executive and Organising Officer-
The Tuberculosis Officer50000
Secretary and Dispenser10000
Two nurses at £80 each16000
Caretaker5200
Drugs and Medicines14000
Rent, Rates and Taxes15000
Incidental Expenses5000
£1,15200
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