BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)
reasons has to be given to the divisional clerk, the-cent-ral office, and the head teachers concerned. PROPOSED SCHOOL CLINIC IN BRADFORD. A matter of very serious moment to the medical prof"sion of Bradford is the proposal to form a school clinic at the education offices for the treatment of minor ailments, for the supply of spectacles to children suffering from defective vision, and for the cleansing of verminous children. The Board of Education has now intimated that on the conditions
... e conditions specified it is prepared to sanction the following arrangements for attending to the health and physical condition of the children attending public elementary schools in the city: (a) That the local education authority shall establish at their offices a " school clinic " for the treatment by their medical staff of minor ailments, such as sores, sore eyes, discharging eyes, and ringworm. (b) That the school clinic shall be suitably fitted up for testing the eyesight of school children believed to be suffering from defective vision, and for prescribing appropriate spectacles, free of cost, or at a reduced rate. (c) That the local education authority shall appoint a school nurse, whose duty it shall be-1. To attend at the school clinic and assist in the treatment (under the direction of one of the medical staff) of minor ailments. 2. To visit the homes of the children under the instructions of the school medical officer for the purpose of urging on the parents the necessity of obtaining treatment for their children. 3. In the case of verminous or unclean children to show the parent how the condition of the child may be remedied, and where necessary in assisting to remedy it, either at the home or elsewhere. Then follows in the circumlocutory style of the Central Authority a warning that only those children should be provided with spectacles for whose treatment adequate provision cannot otherwise be made, and that before giving them sanction the Board requires an approximate estimate of the cost of establishing and maintaining the school clinic. The proposal will shortly come before a meeting of the Bradford Division, and some concerted action will no doubt be taken. There appears to be no end to the encroachments likely to be made in the future on the work of medical men. We trust in this case that the Bradford Educacation Committee will take great care that the provisions made for poor children are not abused at the expense of the medical profession. LIVERPOOfL.