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Hornchurch 1956

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornchurch]

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Food and Drugs.
The impact of the Food Hygiene Regulations 1955 was during the
year felt in many quarters. A great deal of work was done throughout
the various food premises in the district and school canteens came in
for their full measure of attention. It is regrettable that there should be
some dubiety as to whether or not hospitals come within the scope of
these Regulations. The question of whether it is advantageous to the
hospitals or to the local authorities or most imporant of all to
the community that they should in fact be brought within the scope of
the Regulations could be argued at leisure and probably without profit
so long as the basic position of hospitals in this connection was
The year saw a steady continuation of house building principally
by private enterprise but also by the local authority.
The removal of sub-standard property in the district proceeded
apace in conjunction with the Housing Department who pay considerable
attention to integrating their re-housing measures with our sub-standard
property clearance.
Organisation and Methods.
Last but not least and although strictly not solely medical in its
field of enquiry a note should be made of the visit during the year by
a firm of organisation and methods consultants.
My best thanks are due to my fellow Council officials in other
Departments, and especially to Dr. O'Dwyer, Mr. Randall and Mr. Blay
in my own Department.
I am,
Your obedient servant,
James Gorman, M.B., Ch.B., D.P.H.
Medical Officer of Health.