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Eye Specialist Wanted DEPUTATION TO THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. The Llanelly Education Committee on Wednesday discussed the advisability of appointing an eye-specialist to act not only under the instructions the Com- mittee. in regard to the school children, hut also for the townspeople as a whole. They also received a deputation from the Workmen's Medical Society on the mat- ter. Coun. Willis Jones said that it would be necessary to find what proportion of his time the specialist would devote to the requirements of the committee. Coun. D. R. Jones: Would it be the intention of the Medical Officer to ex- amine the children at their schools and afterwards send them to the eye-specialist or would the latter visit the children at the schools ? Dr. Francis: I should examine the children at school, give them cards to take home with the necessary state- ments, etc., and refer them to the dental surgeon or the eye-specialist, as the case might be. Dr. Francis also stated that the work of general inspection had increased by about 50 per cent. A proposal had been made to appoint an assistant medical officer, and then he (Dr. Francis) could deal with the eyesight business himself. As things now stood, however, he could not find time to attend to this matter. Aid. D. James Davies: Does the Medi- cal Officer approve of the appointment of a dental surgeon and an eye specialist? Dr. Francis: I cannot do all the work myself. An eye-specialist is certainly needed, as the work of routine inspec- tion is exceptionally heavy. We are now only waiting for the Old Town Hall to be turned over to the Health Committee. Aid. Davies But is it really necessary to have a specialist ? If we gave L150 to a specialist we could also appoint an Assistant School Medical Officer to con- tend with the increasing work. Coun. D. Jennings: I understood that Dr. Francis stated that he could doAvith- out an assistant medical officer for some time. Dr. Francis: For this year, I said, sir. It was then decided to receive a depu- tation from the Workmen's Medical Com- mittee who were accordingly admitted. Mr. Sherlock, acting as spokesman, said that their wish was to act in con- cert with the Education Committee in this matter. It would cost some money, but it was worth paying a big price to have a good man in the town, not only for the children's sakes, but also to look after grown up people. Ald. Davies Is it the intention of the workmen to pay this man's salary ? If 'so, I suggest that they are entitled to make the appointment. In my opinion, £ 1,000 a year would not be too big an inducement to an expert. Mr. Sherlock Our aim is to co-operate with you, and to contribute a sum of money to add to the total you can make up; also to pay the specialist for all the work he does for the workmen. Ald. Davies: What we are up against is this: If we contribute towards appoint- ing a specialist we shall not be able to receive a grant for the appointment of an Assistant Medical Officer. So we are "between the devil and the deep sea." One does not want to jeopardise the general health of the children for the sake of the bad eyesight of a few. Coun, Jennings was of opinion that a really good man would not be found by means of advertising. He would best be approached through some society or other. Eye-specialists were very few and far between. There were only two in Wales, to his* knowledge. The thing J^he committee wanted to know was the best way to get a capable man into the town. The details, as to salary, etc., could be settled later on. Dr. Francis: I think you would get many applications by advertising. Great discretion would have to be observed in the final selection of the best- man arail- able. It would be best to state in the advertisement that a private practice would be allowed, and that the committee would require his services one day in the week. Councillor Jennings then moved that a committee be formed to deal fully with the question and Coun. Willis Jones seconded. The motion was agreed -o and carried unanimously. The Chairman, on behalf of the Com- mittee, thanked the workmen for their interest and keen support. The committee struck to deal with the matter were:—Aid. D. James Davies, Councillors J. L. Jones, D. Jennings and D. R. Jones, and Mrs. John Phillips

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