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BMJ Reports on Workhouse Infirmaries 1894-6

In 1894 and 1895, a self-appointed "commission" from the British Medical Journal visited a number of workhouses and their infirmaries, first in England and Wales, and later in Ireland. The commission's reports exposed the poor standards of care, comfort, and sanitation that existed in many of the establishments they visited. The sometimes scandalous revelations led to improvements in workhouse medical care, and with trained nurses increasingly replacing untrained staff or pauper nurses.

Reports for England and Wales

Reports for Ireland

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