Clinics with all-day medical and intermediate treatment have been provided at
St. Thomas's hospital; St. Paul's hospital; Guy's hospital; West London hospital;
the London County Council (Whitechapel) clinic (see page 24) and the Royal
Free hospital (women).
The number of new cases of venereal disease dealt with under the scheme during
1931 was 14,841, of which 4,530 were syphilis, 9,973 gonorrhoea, and 338 soft
chancre. Comparing these figures with those of the previous year, it will be
observed that the total number of new cases dealt with is 1,866 fewer than in 1930.
Year. Syphilis. Gonorrhœa. Soft chancre. Non-venereal. Total.
1930 5,225 11,123 359 10,162 26,869
1931 4,530 9,973 338 11,106 25,947
or decrease —
-695 -1,150 -21 +944 -922
The decrease in the number of new cases of venereal disease is partly accounted
for by reason of the fact that, for the year 1931, the returns required from the treatment
centres were designed to afford information as to the number of cases with new
infections which come under treatment annually. In consequence, only those cases
dealt with for the first time during the year which were not known to have received
treatment previously for the same infection at any clinic, are included as new cases.
To be comparable with previous years, the figures for 1931 would read as follows:
Syphilis, 5,179; Gonorrhœa, 10,622; Soft chancre, 359, a net decrease of 547.