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An Act to amend, and continue until the First Day of
WHEREAS an Act was passed in the last Session of
Parliament, intituled An Act to make Provision until 9 & 10 Vict. the First Day of September One thousand eight hundred and c. 6. forty-seven for the Treatment of poor Persons afflicted with Fever in Ireland, and it is expedient to amend and continue
the said Act for a further Period: And whereas an Act was
passed in the present Session of Parliament, intituled An Act 10 Vict. c. 7. for the temporary Relief of destitute Persons in Ireland, and certain Persons, therein mentioned, and therein called Relief ⚫ Commissioners, are thereby constituted Commissioners for the • Execution of the said last-mentioned Act, and it is thereby enacted that it shall be lawful for the Lord Lieutenant of • Ireland to give Orders for the Constitution of a Relief Committee in any One or more Electoral Divisions of a Union • formed for the Relief of the destitute Poor in Ireland in which it shall appear to him that the said last-mentioned Act should be put in force: And whereas the Provisions of the said recited Act passed in the last Session of Parliament can be more effectually carried out by Relief Committees appointed ⚫ under the said recited Act passed in this Session of Parliament in those Districts in which such Relief Committees shall have • been appointed than by the Board of Guardians of any Union for the Relief of the destitute Poor:' Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Autho rity of the same, That the said recited Act of the last Session Recited Act shall, subject to the Amendments herein-after contained, be con- 9 & 10 Vict. tinued until the First Day of November One thousand eight to 1st Nov. hundred and forty-seven, and from thence until the End of the 1847. then next Session of Parliament.
c. 6. continued
The Board of
Health in Ireland may issue
II. And be it enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Commissioners of Health in Ireland appointed or to be appointed under the said recited Act passed in the last Session, from Time to to the Relief Time, as they shall think fit, to transmit a Certificate in Writing, Commissioners under the Hands of any Two or more of them, to the said Relief a Certificate of the Necessity of Commissioners, certifying the Necessity of Medical Relief being Medical Relief afforded to the destitute Poor affected with Fever or other epi- in certain Disdemic Disease in any Electoral Division or District for which a Relief Committee shall have been constituted under the Provisions of the said recited Act passed in this Session of Parliament.
III. And be it enacted, That the said Relief Commissioners Relief Comshall from Time to Time, upon Receipt of any such Certificate, missioners may
Hospitals and Dispensaries with Medicines,
and all other Necessaries for the Care and
Committees to issue their Order in Writing to the Relief Committee of any Electoral Division or District requiring such Relief Committee to rent, hire, or procure a fitting House, Building, or Rooms, other than the Workhouse of such Union, to be used as a Hospital for the Purpose of receiving so many poor Persons affected with Fever or any other epidemic Disease as the said Commissioners of Health may from Time to Time think necessary, and Persons therein; to provide such Nourishment, Bedding, Clothing, Medicines, and Medical Appliances and other Necessaries as may be requisite for the due Care and Treatment of the poor Persons admitted into every such Hospital, and also such a Number of competent Nurses and Attendants as the said Commissioners of Health may think necessary for each such Hospital, and also to rent, hire, or procure a House, Building, or Room, to be used as a Dispensary or Office for the Medical Officer or Officers of such Union appointed under the said first-recited Act or under this Act, and to provide such other Medicines and Medical Appliances, including Nutriment, if necessary for their Cure, in Cases where the poor Persons diseased are destitute, as such Medical Officer or Officers may require to be supplied to poor Persons affected as aforesaid who may not be received in any such House, Building, or Room, and generally to do or cause to be done all such Acts, Matters, and Things as shall from Time to Time be necessary for the Purpose of carrying out the Provisions of the said first-recited Act in that Behalf; and upon Receipt of any such Order, such Relief Committee shall proceed to carry such Order into full Effect.
and also Medicines and Nu.
triment, if necessary, for Out-Patients.
of Relief Committee competent to act.
Hospitals and Dispensaries to be managed by Relief Committees.
tenant may assign particu lar Districts to Medical Officers.
IV. And be it enacted, That all and every the Powers and Authorities vested in any Relief Committee under this Act may be executed by any Three or more Members of such Relief Committee.
V. And be it enacted, That, subject to the Superintendence of the said Commissioners of Health, any Hospital or Dispensary procured as aforesaid by the Relief Committee of any such Electoral Division or District, or by any Board of Guardians under the said first-recited Act shall be managed by such Relief Committee, and poor Persons affected with Fever or other epidemic Disease shall be admitted into such Hospital under the Authority of such Committee, or by their Officers duly authorized, and not otherwise; and the Medical Officer or Officers appointed under the Provisions of the said recited Act of last Session, or under this Act, shall be the Medical Officer of the Relief Committee for the Purposes of the said Act and this Act.
VI. Provided also, and be it enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Lord Lieutenant, if he shall so think fit, to assign to any Medical Officer or Officers who shall have been or who may hereafter be appointed under the first herein-before recited Act or this Act a special or particular District within which the Duties of the said Medical Officers shall be discharged.
VII. And be it enacted, That on Application made on behalf ed to Hospital, of any Person affected with Fever or other epidemic Disease an
Order shall be given by such Relief Committee, or by their Attendance not Officer duly authorized, for the immediate Admission of such given at their Person into such Hospital, and no Medical Attendance, Medical Appliances, or Nutriment shall, save as herein-after mentioned, be given under this Act to such Person at his or her own House or Residence.
And whereas it may in some Cases be inexpedient But on Medical or dangerous to remove such Person so affected with Fever Certificate that or other epidemic Disease from his or her own House or would be danResidence to such Hospital,' be it enacted, That upon Pro- gerous, Medical duction of a Certificate of any Medical Practitioner that the Relief to be Removal of such Person to any such Hospital would endanger own Houses. given at their his or her Life, it shall be lawful for such Relief Committee and they are hereby required to order Medical Attendance and Appliances and Nutriment (when necessary) to be afforded to such Person at his or her own House or Residence so long as the same shall be necessary; and such Order, and the Cause of giving the same, shall be put in Writing and signed by the Chairman for the Time being of such Relief Committee, and shall be entered as a special Case on the Books or Proceedings of the Relief Committee.
IX. And be it enacted, That it shall be lawful for such Relief Powers of ReCommittee to give all such Directions as shall seem to them necessary and expedient for performing all Things necessary for preventing the communicating of Fever or other epidemic Disease within their respective Electoral Divisions or Districts, and for that Purpose to direct that all Streets, Lanes, and Courts, and all Houses and all Rooms therein, and all Yards, Gardens, or Places belonging to such Houses, shall be cleansed and purified, and that all Nuisances prejudicial to Health shall be removed therefrom, and that all Houses in which any sick Person shall be or shall have been shall be ventilated, fumigated, and whitewashed, the Windows and Doors thereof opened, and all Beds, Bedsteads, Bedding, and Furniture therein be exposed to the Air, and be washed and cleansed, and if absolutely necessary be burned or destroyed, and all other Measures which to such Relief Committee shall seem requisite for the Purposes aforesaid.
X. And be it enacted, That in all Cases in which Hospitals or other Places for the Reception of poor Persons affected with Fever or other infectious or epidemic Diseases shall have been or may hereafter be established under this or the said hereinbefore first-recited Act in any Electoral Division or District, it shall and may be lawful for the Relief Committee, upon the Certificate of the Medical Officer so appointed under the said recited Act of the last Session, that any Person is infected with such Fever or other infectious or epidemic Disease, and that such Person so infected is not under proper Medical Care, and is not placed in such Circumstances and under such Precautions as may most probably tend to prevent the Communication of Disease, to direct, by Warrant under their Hands and Seals, after due Inquiry into the Circumstances of the Case, [No. 17. Price 2d.]
Power to remove infected
Penalty on Persons resisting the Exe
cution of this Act.
awarded to the Defendant.
10 VICT. that such Person shall be forthwith removed into such Hospital, or such other Place as shall have been established for the Reception of such Patients, and such infected Person shall be removed thereto accordingly: Provided always, that the said Relief Committee shall in all Cases of such compulsory Removal of any Person into such Fever Hospital, make a special Report thereof to the said Relief Commissioners within Two Days after such Removal shall take place.
XI. And be it enacted, That if any Person shall resist or oppose any Person employed by or under the Orders of the said Relief Committee in the Execution of the Powers of the said Relief Committee under this Act, every such Person, on being duly convicted thereof before any Two Magistrates within their Jurisdiction, shall incur such Penalty, not exceeding Five Pounds, as such Magistrates shall in their Discretion think proper; and in default of Payment such Offender may be committed to the Common Gaol or House of Correction for any Time not exceeding One Calendar Month; and no such Conviction shall be quashed for Informality, nor shall be removed or removable by Certiorari or otherwise, nor be subject to any Appeal whatever.
XII. And be it enacted, That if any Action shall be brought may be pleaded, against any such Relief Committee, or any Member of the same, or any Person employed by such Relief Committee, in execution of this Act, for any thing done in the Execution of any of the Powers or Duties by this Act given or required, the Defendant may in every such Suit plead the general Issue, and give this Act and the special Matter in Evidence, any thing in any former Act to the contrary notwithstanding; and in every Case where the Plaintiff in such Suit shall fail, the Court in which such Suit shall be carried on shall award Costs to the Defendant.
Funds in the
10 Vict. c. 7. 9 & 10 Vict. c. 6.
10 Vict. c. 7.
XIII. And be it enacted, That the necessary Expences incurred by any Relief Committee in carrying any Order of the said Relief Commissioners into effect, and in the Execution of the other Purposes of this Act, and also in payment of the Relief Commis- Salaries of the Medical Officers appointed or to be appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, under the Provisions of the said first-recited Act of the last Session of Parliament, shall be defrayed, in such Manner as the Commissioners of the Treasury may direct, out of the Funds which shall from Time to Time be placed at the Disposal of the said Relief Commissioners, under the Provisions of the said recited Act passed in this Session of Parliament, provided such Expences and Salaries shall be in conformity with any Regulations which may from Time to Time be issued by the said Commissioners of the Treasury with respect to the Rent or other Expenditure to be allowed for procuring or fitting Houses or Buildings, other than the Workhouses of Unions to be used as Hospitals, as may be required by the Commissioners of Health, or with regard to the Amount of the Salaries of Medical Officers who may have been appointed by the Lord Lieutenant, and of the Salaries of the Nurses and Attendants required by the Commissioners of
Health, and the Quantities and Prices to be allowed for
XIV. And whereas by the said recited Act passed in this After the Session of Parliament it is enacted, that no Relief Committee Expiration of ⚫ constituted under the said Act shall be continued after the 10 Vict. c. 7. First Day of November in this Year, unless for the Purpose of tees continued settling or closing their Accounts: And whereas it may be when necessary. expedient, notwithstanding the said Provision, to continue
such Relief Committees solely for the Purposes of the said recited Act of the last Session and of this Act for a further Period;' be it therefore enacted, That in any Case in which, previously to the First Day of November in this Year, any Relief Committee as aforesaid shall have received any Order of the said Relief Commissioners for executing the Provisions of the said recited Act of last Session in any Electoral Division or District, such Relief Committee, and also the Finance Committee for the Union, shall continue for the Purposes of the said recited Act of last Session and of this Act, during the Continuance of this Act, or until the Lord Lieutenant or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland shall, by any Order to be published in the "Dublin Gazette," dissolve such Relief Committee or Finance Committee.
issued by the
in this Year.
XV. And be it enacted, That in any Case in which any In the Case of Certificate as herein-before mentioned shall, after the First Day Certificates of November in this Year, be signed and transmitted by the said Board of Commissioners of Health to the said Relief Commissioners, if Health after any Relief Committee theretofore constituted for any Electoral the 1st of Nov. Division or District mentioned in such Certificate shall have expired or been discontinued, it shall be lawful for the said Lord Lieutenant or other Chief Governor or Governors, for the said last-mentioned Purposes only, to revive such Relief Committee and also the Finance Committee for the Union, or to constitute a new Relief Committee for such Electoral Division or District, or a Part thereof, and a new Finance Committee for the Union in manner in the said recited Act of this Session directed, or in case there shall not have been any such Relief Committee theretofore constituted for such Electoral Division. or District, or no such Finance Committee, then a Relief Committee shall and may in like Manner be constituted for such Electoral Division or District, and a Finance Committee for the Union, for such Purposes only as last aforesaid, and the Relief Commissioners shall issue such Order to the Relief Committee as herein-before provided; and in any of such Cases in this or the immediately preceding Clause mentioned every such Relief Committee shall make Estimates of the several Matters needed for the Purposes of the said recited Act of last Session and of this Act, and of the Expences of the same, which Estimates shall be examined, revised, and amended by the Finance Committee, and shall be substituted in lieu of the Lists and Estimates in the said recited Act of this Session directed; and such Relief R 2 Committee