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

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Tower Hamlets 1970

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Tower Hamlets, London Borough]

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I am convinced that tracing of contacts of patients who suffer from
venereal disease provides the greatest hope of reducing the incidence of syphilis
and gonorrhoea.".
Section 41 of the Public Health Act 1961 makes provision for a Medical Officer
of Health to request any person to discontinue work with a view to preventing the
spread of infectious disease, such person to be compensated for any loss suffered as
a consequence. Notices under this section were served on six occasions during the year.
Food handlers excluded from work on account of suffering from infectious disease
and for whom certificates were issued for the purpose of claiming National Insurance
benefit numbered 4 during the year.