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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
|Classification.||Quiescent.||Not quiescent.||Died in institution.||Totals.|
N.B.—1,402 patients were discharged during the year 1934 from sanatoria or hospitals or died
in these institutions after less than 28 days treatment and are not included in the above table.
As regards Papworth village settlement, Cambridge, and Preston Hall colony,
Aylesford, Kent, careful selection is made in order to ensure that only those patients
are admitted to these institutions who are potential settlers in the associated industrial
villages ; 28 former patients have been accepted as permanent settlers at Papworth
and 35 at Preston Hall. In addition there are a certain number of settlers for whom,
owing to their permanent disability, a weekly part maintenance fee of from 10s.
to 20s. is paid. For the purposes of this report, such settlers are regarded as patients
undergoing residential treatment.
The average numbers of London patients at Papworth and Preston Hall, re. spectively, during the past eight years are shown below :—
In 1929 the Burrow Hill colony, Frimley, Surrey, which belongs to the National
Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, was re-organised into an institution
for the treatment and training in gardening or clerical work of youths between the
ages of 14 and 19 years. The scheme is that youths suffering from tuberculosis who
need to remain under treatment for at least a year are sent to the colony and the
Council has authorised the granting of a second year of training in cases where there
are definite indications that prolonged residence is likely to be of special benefit
to the boys, both as regards health and fitness for employment. The course of instruction
at the colony has received the approval both of the Ministry of Agriculture
and the Board of Education. The Council maintains an average of about 40 beds.
A scheme is in operation under which arrangements are made for special
training in gardening of selected youths with a view to their subsequent employment
in the Council's parks department as " improvers " after two years training at the
This scheme contemplates that up to five youths will be accepted for such
employment during each financial year. Four youths commenced work in the parks
department under the scheme in 1931, and three more in 1932. During the year
1933 three additional youths commenced work in the Council's parks and six in