23 July 1948

The metropolitan borough councils have lost some important functions to the London County Council and regional hospital boards under the NHS Act, and are concerned about the possible effects on their medical officers of health.

These are able public servants who have hitherto had an interesting range of duties. But what of the future? The LCC has recently appointed five of its own medical officers of health. Borough councils have been doubtful whether the duties left will enable them to obtain or retain officers of the same standing as they have had in the past.

Fortunately, prospects are good of the outlook brightening. The LCC has proposed that borough medical officers, while remaining employees of their own councils for the purposes of their terms and conditions, should perform administrative services for the LCC, in return for which it will make suitable payments to the borough councils.