20th Century Medicine and Public Health

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  • 20th Century Medicine and Public Health
    • In 1902, training was made compulsory for midwives.
    • 1906 - Meals provided free for school children in need.
    • All births had to be notified to the local Medical Officer of Health. A health visitor visited each mother to make sure she knew how to protect the babies health.
    • 1907 - Nurses or doctors had to carry out medical checks on children in schools.
    • 1908 - People in need over the age of 70 were paid an old-age pension
    • 1909 - Back-to-back housing was banned. New regulations enforced higher standards of house building.
    • 1912 - Clinics were held in schools to give children free medical treatment
    • one of the greatest changes introduced by the Liberal Government was the National Insurance Act of 1911
      • Aim was to give workers medical help and sick pay if they could not work due to illness
      • The National Insurance scheme required the worker, his employer and the government to pay into the a sickness fund
      • Major step forward but many people were left out of the scheme
    • In 1919, after the end of the world war, a new housing act became law
      • The government had promised 'Homes fit for Heroes' for the returning soldiers


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