§ MR. DARLING
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to allegations in The British Medical Journal, to the effect of the diphtheria patients in the South Eastern Hospital 56.6 per cent, died, whereas of cases in the same district treated at home only 25 per cent, died; how this disproportionate mortality is accounted for; and what measures he is prepared to recommend by way of remedy? The hon. Member added: I have been requested to postpone the question, as it is now the subject of official communication; but I must ask, as the House will not be sitting for the next few weeks, if the result of the communications will be made public as promptly as possible?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Sir W. FOSTER,) Derby, Ilkeston
(who replied) said: The hon. Member may rest perfectly assured that the Local Government Board will in this matter take all necessary steps in the interests of the public health.