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1109 THE TOWN COUNCIL OF SOUTHEND-ON- SEA AND ITS MEDICAL OFFICER. AT a meeting of the Southend town council on Tuesday evening the health committee reported that in accordance with the resolution passed by the council at the August quarterly meeting advertisements had been issued inviting applications for the post of medical officer of health at <E500 per annum. The advertisement had been inserted twice in the 3[unic,pal Journal, Local Governmaent Journal, Times, and .My Telegraph. THE LANCET and the British Medical Journal declined to insert the advertisement, and the latter, with the concurrence of the British Medical Association, warned its readers against applying for the appointment. The committee added : "Under these circumstances it is not surprising that only four applications have been received, as compared with 48 upon the occasion when Dr. Nash was appointed. Your committee have considered the four applications, but they cannot see their way to recommend the council to appoint any one of the applicants. Under the above circumstances, and having regard to the very serious position in which the council is placed, your committee recommend : That Dr. J. T. C. Nash be asked to perform the duties of the medical officer of health and his other duties for a further period of 12 months from the 20th November proximo (being the expiration of the current period for which he has undertaken the duties), and that his remuneration for such services be at the same rate as hitherto-viz., 600 per annum (.E80 of such salary to be allocated as his remunera- tion as medical superintendent at the sanatorium), and that the necessary sanction of the Local Government Board be applied for to such extended appointment." Alderman J. FRANCIS, chairman of the health committee, before submitting the recommendation, said that Dr. P. J. S. Nicoll, honorary secretary of the Stratford division of the British Medical Association, had written to him forwarding the following resolution adopted at a recent meeting of the division, with a request that it should be read to the council : Having regard to the many close associations existing between Southend and the eastern suburbs of London, the Stratford division of the British Medical Association feels justified in expressing grave concern at the position in which Dr. Nash has been placed by the action of the Southend town council. The high reputation gained by Dr. Nash as an expert in public health has gone far towards in- creasing the value of Southend as a holiday and health resort, for which purpose it has been habitually recommended by medical men practising throughout East London. The division therefore trusts that, in the interest of Southend itself, a full recognition of Dr. Nash’s services will not be withheld. Speaking to the committee’s recommendation, Alderman FRANCIS said that it was contrary to his views and to the views of the committee, but they felt so seriously the gravity of the situation that they had worded the resolution on lines that would satisfy the majority and enable the council to settle their differences without loss of dignity. In the in- terests of the town and of the official concerned the committee were anxious to put an end to the dispute, and he hoped the council would appreciate the attitude the committee had adopted. He was not in a position to say that the Local Government Board would agree to the terms, because one year was a short period for them to accept ; but if the council adopted the recommendation he would go with the mayor and the town clerk to the Local Government Board and impress upon them the necessity for the matter to be settled. Councillor COLIN CAMPBELL seconded. Councillor WRIGHT : I can’t accept that after what we have gone through during the past three years. Councillor A. C. LOWRY said that he would have voted for the recommendation if the appointment were for a further six months. Moreover, he thought the council ought to have more information about the four gentlemen who, in the face of the boycotting by the medical profession, had had the courage to apply for the post. He moved an amendment that the health committee furnish the council with the information. Councillor BRADLEY seconded. Councillor HUBBARD : I don’t know whether it will be possible to provide any suggestion that will be acceptable to this council. If the majority are not prepared to accept the recommendation they won’t accept any. Councillor LowRY : I can’t accept more than six months. Alderman MARTIN said that he agreed with the recommen- dation, but so anxious was he to end the matter that he suggested the reappointment should be one year as from last August. That would leave only a question of three months difference between the two sections on the council. Councillor LOWRY agreed to withdraw his amendment and by 15 votes to four it was decided to reappoint Dr. Nash for nine months as from next month. Before the vote was taken Alderman FRANCIS said that it was in the interests of the candidates that the committee had not given full information about them. He thought the council had sufficient confidence in the committee to assume that the framing of the minute indicated that in the opinion of the committee none of the applicants were qualified for the post. The health committee also reported that they had con- sidered correspondence from Councillor Garon with respect to his premises and had directed the clerk to reply. Councillor HUBBARD- pressed for the correspondence to be submitted to the council and amidst some disorder the following letters were read :- H. Garon, Limited, High-street, Southend-on-Sea. To the Chairman and Members of the Health Committee, Borongh Council, Southend-on-Sea. GENTLEMEN.&mdash;In fairness to myself, and which I am sure you will agree on reading my letter, I desire your consideration and a direct reply to my application. During the recent discussion in the council chamber over the re- appointment of the medical officer of health for this borough, certain assertions were made by a councillor (who is also a member ot the health committee), which had a distinct reference to the business carried on by me, which, probably you are aware, is now converted into a company and in which I am still largely interested. As these assertions were subsequently published in the local and medical press there is the inference that the public believed those statements. I would ask you. therefore, to state if your committee have in one single instance received (or is there any record of) a complaint made in connection with my business or any food manufactured or offered for sale by the company or myself ? P Awaiting your early consideration, I am, gentlemen, yours obediently, H. GARON. October 7th, 1907. DEAR COUNCILLOR GARON,-Your letter of the 30th ult., addressed to the chairman and members of the health committee, was laid before that committee at their last meeting, when I was directed to inform you that there is no record in the minute book of any complaint having been made to them either as to the condition of your premises or as to the quality of the food manufactured or offered for sale therein. It appears, however, from an inspection of the records of the medical officer of health that on the 18th of August, 1903, upon his paying a visit to the kitchen of your restaurant, he formed the opinion that there were several small matters which required attention and that he wrote to you upon the matter on that date. Further, it appears from an inspection of his journal and letter-book that on the 18th of December, 1905, he had occasion to call your atten- tion to the condition of some mussels which were exposed for sale at your shop, No. 68, High-street, and which upon examination appeared to have been exposed at some time to sewage pollution. Both he and the assistant inspector of nuisances have also entries in their journals that on the 23rd May, 1905, the assistant inspector was refused inspection of your meat shop, No. 68, High-street, but that when he applied later in the day in company with the medical officer of health, permission was given and nothing could be found to which exception could be taken. Apart from these there do not appear to have been any causes for complaint. Your letters addressed to the medical officer of health and to Mr. Whur, the inspector of nuisances, were also laid before the committee, and the medical officer of health reported to the committee that he had not supplied Mr. Councillor Doody with a copy of his letter to you of the 16th of August, 1903, as you appear to think. Yours faithfully, Mr. Councillor Garon, W. H. SNOW, Town Clerk. i- Warrior-square, Southend-on-Sea. BRISTOL MEDICAL SCHOOL ANNUAL DINNER.- The annual dinner of past and present Bristol medical students was held on Oct. 1st at the Royal Hotel, Bristol, when over 100 were present. Mr. J. Herbert Parsons, an old Bristol student, was the President, and Professor Francis Gotch was the guest of the evening. In proposing " The Bristol Medical School" Professor Gotch spoke of the urgent need for a University of Bristol and showed the way to obtain it. Dr. I. Walker Hall in his reply said that all that was now wanted was the financial support of the citizens of Bristol. Professor Francis Francis replied for the Faculties of Science and Arts. Mr. E. W. Hey Groves proposed " Past and Present Students," which was replied to by Dr. Walter C. Swayne and Mr. H. R. B. Hull. Dr. J. A. Nixon proposed the health of the President, to which Mr. Parsons replied -iu an excellent speech.

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1109

THE TOWN COUNCIL OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND ITS MEDICAL OFFICER.

AT a meeting of the Southend town council on Tuesdayevening the health committee reported that in accordancewith the resolution passed by the council at the Augustquarterly meeting advertisements had been issued invitingapplications for the post of medical officer of health at <E500per annum. The advertisement had been inserted twice inthe 3[unic,pal Journal, Local Governmaent Journal, Times,and .My Telegraph. THE LANCET and the British MedicalJournal declined to insert the advertisement, and the latter,with the concurrence of the British Medical Association,warned its readers against applying for the appointment.The committee added : "Under these circumstances it is

not surprising that only four applications have been received,as compared with 48 upon the occasion when Dr. Nash wasappointed. Your committee have considered the fourapplications, but they cannot see their way to recommend thecouncil to appoint any one of the applicants. Under theabove circumstances, and having regard to the very seriousposition in which the council is placed, your committeerecommend : That Dr. J. T. C. Nash be asked to perform theduties of the medical officer of health and his other dutiesfor a further period of 12 months from the 20th Novemberproximo (being the expiration of the current period for whichhe has undertaken the duties), and that his remuneration forsuch services be at the same rate as hitherto-viz., 600 perannum (.E80 of such salary to be allocated as his remunera-tion as medical superintendent at the sanatorium), and thatthe necessary sanction of the Local Government Board beapplied for to such extended appointment."Alderman J. FRANCIS, chairman of the health committee,

before submitting the recommendation, said that Dr. P. J. S.Nicoll, honorary secretary of the Stratford division of theBritish Medical Association, had written to him forwardingthe following resolution adopted at a recent meeting of thedivision, with a request that it should be read to thecouncil :

Having regard to the many close associations existing betweenSouthend and the eastern suburbs of London, the Stratford division ofthe British Medical Association feels justified in expressing graveconcern at the position in which Dr. Nash has been placed by theaction of the Southend town council. The high reputation gainedby Dr. Nash as an expert in public health has gone far towards in-creasing the value of Southend as a holiday and health resort, forwhich purpose it has been habitually recommended by medical menpractising throughout East London. The division therefore trusts that,in the interest of Southend itself, a full recognition of Dr. Nash’sservices will not be withheld.

Speaking to the committee’s recommendation, AldermanFRANCIS said that it was contrary to his views and to theviews of the committee, but they felt so seriously the gravityof the situation that they had worded the resolution on linesthat would satisfy the majority and enable the council tosettle their differences without loss of dignity. In the in-terests of the town and of the official concerned the committeewere anxious to put an end to the dispute, and he hoped thecouncil would appreciate the attitude the committee hadadopted. He was not in a position to say that the LocalGovernment Board would agree to the terms, because oneyear was a short period for them to accept ; but if thecouncil adopted the recommendation he would go with themayor and the town clerk to the Local Government Boardand impress upon them the necessity for the matter to besettled.

Councillor COLIN CAMPBELL seconded.Councillor WRIGHT : I can’t accept that after what we

have gone through during the past three years.Councillor A. C. LOWRY said that he would have voted for

the recommendation if the appointment were for a furthersix months. Moreover, he thought the council ought to havemore information about the four gentlemen who, in the faceof the boycotting by the medical profession, had had thecourage to apply for the post. He moved an amendmentthat the health committee furnish the council with theinformation.

Councillor BRADLEY seconded.Councillor HUBBARD : I don’t know whether it will be

possible to provide any suggestion that will be acceptable tothis council. If the majority are not prepared to accept therecommendation they won’t accept any.Councillor LowRY : I can’t accept more than six months.

Alderman MARTIN said that he agreed with the recommen-dation, but so anxious was he to end the matter that hesuggested the reappointment should be one year as fromlast August. That would leave only a question of threemonths difference between the two sections on thecouncil.

Councillor LOWRY agreed to withdraw his amendment andby 15 votes to four it was decided to reappoint Dr. Nash fornine months as from next month.

Before the vote was taken Alderman FRANCIS said that itwas in the interests of the candidates that the committeehad not given full information about them. He thought thecouncil had sufficient confidence in the committee to assumethat the framing of the minute indicated that in the opinionof the committee none of the applicants were qualified forthe post.The health committee also reported that they had con-

sidered correspondence from Councillor Garon with respectto his premises and had directed the clerk to reply.

Councillor HUBBARD- pressed for the correspondence to besubmitted to the council and amidst some disorder thefollowing letters were read :-

H. Garon, Limited, High-street, Southend-on-Sea.

To the Chairman and Members of the Health Committee, BoronghCouncil, Southend-on-Sea.

GENTLEMEN.&mdash;In fairness to myself, and which I am sure you willagree on reading my letter, I desire your consideration and a directreply to my application.During the recent discussion in the council chamber over the re-

appointment of the medical officer of health for this borough, certainassertions were made by a councillor (who is also a member ot thehealth committee), which had a distinct reference to the businesscarried on by me, which, probably you are aware, is now convertedinto a company and in which I am still largely interested.As these assertions were subsequently published in the local and

medical press there is the inference that the public believed thosestatements.

I would ask you. therefore, to state if your committee have in onesingle instance received (or is there any record of) a complaint made inconnection with my business or any food manufactured or offered forsale by the company or myself ? PAwaiting your early consideration,

I am, gentlemen, yours obediently,H. GARON.

October 7th, 1907.DEAR COUNCILLOR GARON,-Your letter of the 30th ult., addressed to

the chairman and members of the health committee, was laid before thatcommittee at their last meeting, when I was directed to inform youthat there is no record in the minute book of any complaint havingbeen made to them either as to the condition of your premises or as tothe quality of the food manufactured or offered for sale therein.

It appears, however, from an inspection of the records of the medicalofficer of health that on the 18th of August, 1903, upon his paying avisit to the kitchen of your restaurant, he formed the opinion thatthere were several small matters which required attention and that hewrote to you upon the matter on that date.Further, it appears from an inspection of his journal and letter-book

that on the 18th of December, 1905, he had occasion to call your atten-tion to the condition of some mussels which were exposed for saleat your shop, No. 68, High-street, and which upon examinationappeared to have been exposed at some time to sewage pollution.Both he and the assistant inspector of nuisances have also entries in

their journals that on the 23rd May, 1905, the assistant inspector wasrefused inspection of your meat shop, No. 68, High-street, but thatwhen he applied later in the day in company with the medical officerof health, permission was given and nothing could be found to whichexception could be taken. Apart from these there do not appear to havebeen any causes for complaint.Your letters addressed to the medical officer of health and to Mr.

Whur, the inspector of nuisances, were also laid before the committee,and the medical officer of health reported to the committee that he hadnot supplied Mr. Councillor Doody with a copy of his letter to you ofthe 16th of August, 1903, as you appear to think.

Yours faithfully,Mr. Councillor Garon, W. H. SNOW, Town Clerk.

i- Warrior-square, Southend-on-Sea.

BRISTOL MEDICAL SCHOOL ANNUAL DINNER.-The annual dinner of past and present Bristol medicalstudents was held on Oct. 1st at the Royal Hotel, Bristol,when over 100 were present. Mr. J. Herbert Parsons, an oldBristol student, was the President, and Professor FrancisGotch was the guest of the evening. In proposing " TheBristol Medical School" Professor Gotch spoke of the urgentneed for a University of Bristol and showed the way to obtainit. Dr. I. Walker Hall in his reply said that all that wasnow wanted was the financial support of the citizens ofBristol. Professor Francis Francis replied for the Facultiesof Science and Arts. Mr. E. W. Hey Groves proposed " Pastand Present Students," which was replied to by Dr. WalterC. Swayne and Mr. H. R. B. Hull. Dr. J. A. Nixon proposedthe health of the President, to which Mr. Parsons replied -iuan excellent speech.