November 6, 1936, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review

The work of the joint vagrancy authorities; 'decisions on medical examinations and removal of aged from the road' was discussed in the Journal this week.

The financial officer reported that the costs of maintaining causal wards as falling in accordance to a lower number of bodies, including children, being admitted to them.

Meanwhile, the Berks, Bucks and Oxon joint vagrancy committee wrote to say it for some time had been carrying out monthly examinations of its casuals on a three day basis but had found that this did not work well as a number of the casuals still failed to be examined.

A change to carrying out examinations on just one day was rejected in favour of a two day option, though we confess we were left bemused as to how less time to do it would lead to more work being carried out.

And a discussion on whether or not smoking should be allowed in the wards was found to be administered in a variable fashion, as the time of day when tobacco was to be handed in varied from place to place.