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London County Council 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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inspection and treatment of students attending the Council's day continuation
schools and those attending three junior evening institutes, provided that the
students were not more than sixteen years old at the time of the inspection and
agreed to undergo such inspection or treatment.
The Board of Education approved this proposal on the understanding that
their approval was limited to the scheme then put forward, and that they would
not necessarily be in a position to approve any extension of the proposal in future
The results of medical inspections from 1st April, 1934, to 28th February, 1935,
are set out below. The figures relate to all the 11 day continuation schools and to
Shillington-street, the " Stewart Headlam," and Gopsall-street evening institutes:—

Table 47.

Sex.No. examined.Nutritional state.Condition of clothing and footwearCleanliness skin and hair.Teeth.Vision.No. wearing glasses.Various other defects found.No. advised to have treatment.
Excellent.Normal.Subnormal.Bad.Good.Fair.Bad.Clean.Dirty.Pediculi present.Sound.Less than 4 decayed.More than 4 decayed.Normal.Slightly subnormal.Treatment required.
Day continuation schools.(Estimated number of students eligible—4,000.)
3 selected evening institutes (estimated number of students eligible—900).
Boys ...1623211119133291611-126333*793124136327
Girls ...10838661387219882663210*572513710481

*The vision of 28 boys and 13 girls has not yet been tested.
The medical inspections at the evening institutes are limited to the winter
season (September to April).
Twenty-six students at day continuation school have been re-inspected for
defects previously noted; 12 defects had been satisfactorily treated and 4 were
under treatment at the time of the re-inspection.
Forty students from the day continuation schools applied for and received
treatment for defects at the day school treatment centres.
Some hesitation is apparent on the part of many of the students in accepting
inspection. A number are at work with employers who provide medical care for
illness and accident, but there is no periodical overhaul (except possibly on entry)
with a view to discovering incipient defects. It will probably be some time before
the advantages are appreciated fully by the students.
The Ministry of Labour in a circular (A.C.6) issued in November, 1934,
emphasized the desirability of securing the services of a school medical officer for
the oversight of the juveniles at the junior instruction centres for unemployed boys
and girls, especially those in regard to whom the superintendent desired advice,
and drew attention to the fact that a local authority for higher education could
at these courses arrange to provide, as medical treatment, milk at cheap rates for
those juveniles who were medically certified to be under-nourished.
The medical inspection of the juveniles began on Monday, 31st December, 1934.
The medical officers were advised to interview all juveniles, to recommend milk for
those obviously requiring it and to carry out a detailed medical inspection where it
appeared desirable, provided the juvenile was willing.