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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
Report of the County Medical Officer—General.
II. Report by Medical Officer on the Sanitary Staffs of the Corporation of the City of
London and of the Metropolitan Borough Councils.
I present herewith a return of the sanitary officers in London showing the information available at the present time. Previous returns have been published in the several years from 1893 to 1910, and the numbers of sanitary officers obtained on each occasion are compared in the following table:—
|Year.||Inspectors.||Whole time health visitors.||Year.||Inspectors.||Whole time health visitors.|
It will be seen that the number of men inspectors is greater by four than in 1910, and whilst
the number of women inspectors has remained stationary, the number of whole time health visitors has
increased by four. The difference in the number of men inspectors is due to new appointments made
in Deptford, Hampstead, Southwark, and the City of London. In no district has there been any reduction
in the number of men inspectors since the date of the last return. With regard to women, an
additional inspector has been appointed at Greenwich, but Battersea has reduced its staff by one. Four
additional health visitors have been appointed, one each in Bermondsey, Hackney, Poplar and Westminster.
I may add that the Deptford Borough Council has under consideration the appointment of
a woman inspector and an additional health visitor. There are now only five sanitary districts in London
without one or more women inspectors, and in one of these districts there are two whole time health
visitors, whilst the remaining four districts have one health visitor each.
In recent reports figures have been given comparing statistics of overcrowding taken from the
report on the 1901 census. The complete census returns for 1911 are not yet available, and the figures
relating to overcrowding have therefore been omitted from the present report on sanitary officers. The
following table, however, gives particulars of the population, and number of separate occupiers in each
London sanitary district, quoted from the Preliminary Report on the Twelfth Census of the population
of England and Wales taken on the 3rd April, 1911.
The average population for each sanitary inspector in London boroughs is also given; although, it should be pointed out that, it is not possible, without knowledge of the character of the population in each borough, to draw any conclusion as to the sufficiency of the sanitary staffs.
|District.||Enumerated population 1911 (preliminary census).||Families or separate occupiers, 1911.||No. of Sanitary Officers.||Population to each Sanitary Inspector.||Houses let in lodgings on the register.|
|Inspectors.||Whole time health visitors.|
|City of London||19,657||4,013||18||3||19||3||—||893||286|
|† One inspector appointed also as health visitor under the L.C.C. (General Powers), Act, 1908. section 6. * Two inspectors appointed also as health visitors. § Three inspectors appointed also as health visitors. 18820|