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St Pancras 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras, Metropolitan Borough]

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In addition to the Clinic provided by the Borough Council, Artificial Light Treatment
is available at the Institute of Ray Therapy, Camden Road, and also at the Voluntary
General Hospitals in the Borough.
Dental. Treatment.
Dental treatment is also provided at the clinic which is held at the St. Pancras
School for Mothers, see page 106.
The Eastman Dental Clinic attached to the Royal Free Hospital is a lavishly-equipped
clinic which provides dental treatment for children and for nursing and expectant mothers,
and operative treatment in connection with enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children. The
Dental Section is equipped with 68 chairs and complete electric units, the Surgical wing
contains 32 beds for tonsil and adenoid, cleft palate, hare lip, etc., cases requiring operative
The Welfare Centre held in connection with the University College Hospital is able to
refer cases needing dental treatment to the dental department of that hospital.
The Local Government Act, which came into force on April 1st, 1930, authorised the
Minister of Health to make a scheme determining, in relation to voluntary associations
providing maternity and child welfare services, to which of them the County Council, and to
which the Metropolitan Borough Councils are to contribute. The scheme provided for the
payment during the fixed grant period to the various voluntary associations of contributions of
the amounts specified in the scheme. Each of the annual contributions was to be paid
either in a single sum before the 30th of September in each year, or in equal quarterly
or half-yearly instalments.
The associations in respect of which the County Council make contributions are
principally those providing residential accommodation. The Royal Free Hospital receives
grant from the L.C.C. and for this reason it has not been the practice to include figures relating
to the Welfare Centre at this Hospital in the return which the Borough Council makes to
the Ministry.
The scheme came into operation on April 1st, 1930, and continued in force until
31st March, 1933. An amended scheme was then prepared by the Minister of Health, coming
into force on April 1st, 1933, and continuing until March 31st, 1937. A new scheme in
respect of the period terminating March, 1942, was in course of preparation before the end of
the year, covered by this report.
The associations included, particulars of the work of which have already been given,
are those to which the St. Pancras Borough Council make contributions and the amounts
of the Council's contributions under the old and the new schemes are given in the following