Fever Patient's Death, Holy Island, Northumberland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons at on 21 February 1929.

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Photo of Mr George Shield Mr George Shield , Wansbeck


asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Mrs. George Cromarty, of Sydney Cottage, Holy Island, Northumberland, on 20th October, 1928, suffering from typhoid fever, was ordered by the medical officer to rise from her bed and dress, and then conveyed in an ordinary four-wheeled cab to the mainland three miles over the sands, the tide being up and the cab awash all the way, and the patient being in a sitting position during the journey; that the order for removal was given by the medical officer without medical examination of the patient and against the advice of the local practitioner; that Mrs. Cromarty died within a few minutes of being transferred to the ambulance which was waiting; that had the removal been delayed for a few hours the ambulance car could have carried out the removal from the island, and that provision for isolation on the island could have been arranged; and will he cause a full inquiry into the circumstances of Mrs. Cromarty's death?


This case has not previously been brought to my notice, but I am causing inquiries to be made of the local authority, and will communicate the result to the hon. Member.