Health Visitor's Dismissal, Lochgelly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

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asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Nurse A. G. M. Millar, who was dismissed from her post of health visitor of the Lochgelly local authority; whether he is aware that in the notice of dismissal the local authority stated that the dismissal had the approval of the Ministry of Health; whether the Ministry of Health were aware of all the circumstances surrounding the case; whether the approval of the Ministry of Health was actually given; whether such approval was necessary; and whether he will have inquiries made into the whole matter?

Photo of Mr Robert Munro Mr Robert Munro , Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I understand that the notice intimating that the local authority had resolved to dispense with Nurse Millar's services stated that the approval of the Scottish Board of Health had been obtained to this decision. The Scottish Board of Health were fully aware of the circumstances of the case. In reply to a letter from the local authority asking for the approval of the Board to Nurse Millar's dismissal, the Board stated that they would raise no objection to this course. In point of fact, the Board's approval was not required to authorise Nurse Millar's dismissal. The case is not one in which I have any authority to intervene, and I see no reason to take any action in the matter.