§ Mr. Viant
asked the Secretary of State for War whether any inquiry has been made into the death of Beatrice Cook, aged 24 years, of the A.T.S., who lived at Camden Crescent, Dagenham, and became ill shortly after being injected with anti-typhoid vaccine and died on the way to hospital; and what conclusion was arrived at in regard to this case.
§ Sir J. Grigg
Yes, Sir. A post-mortem examination was held to establish the cause of death, and it is clear that this auxiliary died of anaphylactic shock following an anti-typhoid inoculation. The vaccine used on this occasion was examined and was found normal. A case of this kind is very rare and a full medical investigation of the circumstances of the auxiliary's death was carried out and the conclusion reached is that the medical officer concerned should not be held guilty of negligence.