New Laws to Improve Public Health etc (1830 - 1930)

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  • 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act Medical Officers were appointed to workhouses which provided basic medical care for the poor.
  • 1848 Public Health Act The Central Board of Health was created and although it was abolished 10 years later, the Act also encouraged local Boards of Health to be set up to appoint a Medical Officer, provide sewers, inspect lodging houses and check food which was offered for sale.
  • 1853 Vaccinations were made compulsory although no one was given the power to enforce them.
  • 1855 Nuisance Removal Act This Act made overcrowded housing illegal.
  • 1864


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