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Why did politicians pass the 1875 public health act.My dear fellow mps, I am here today, 1st December, 1874 to persuade you

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Why did politicians pass the 1875 public health act? My dear fellow mps, I am here today, 1st December, 1874 to persuade you to pass the public health act of which I am going to make clear to you. We cannot delay taking action any further seeing as the future of England, our nation is our hands. It must be dealt with as a matter of urgency. People are dying as we speak because of our government turning a blind eye to what is happening before us. What I would like to happen would be for all town councils to be responsible for public health and for local government to advise and oversee. Let us waste no time... Let us save our families... I will explain. There are many, many reasons why this act should be passed; and why it should be passed immediately. The evidence we now have is that dirty cities with their bad living conditions are to blame for the many devastating disease we are now suffering from including tuberculosis, typhus, typhoid and scarlet fever. I would like to mention the name of a great man to you all, Edwin Chadwick who has made the connection between health and hygiene. ...read more.


Does the word cholera mean anything to any of you? Although by 1830, our people of Britain had accepted that killer diseases such as typhoid and tuberculosis were part of modern life, but our country was struck by this new disease. How would you feel if someone you loved fell ill with cholera? Could you bear to watch as that person began to vomit? What would you do as their body turned blue and their eyes sunk into their head. Then imagine that person's skin going cold and eventually die, knowing that maybe, if the act had been passed sooner they could have survived. Someone can be perfectly healthy in the morning, drinking water with their breakfast and dead in the afternoon after catching the disease. Furthermore, it has been proved that illnesses like cholera and dysentery are caused by the filthy unhygienic conditions in the slum areas of towns and cities. However, because nothing has been done about Public Health, this is no longer the case. We are no longer safe! ...And no, I am not just talking about those poorer people who are still sharing a damp cellar in a room full of strangers. ...read more.


Because people were not forced into action, very few people set up and those that did were not very effective. This new act will make it compulsory for councils to clear refuse, clear sewage, provide a sufficient water supply and to notify a health officer on the outbreak of any infectious disease. Finally, it is clear that cleaning up the towns is the only way to save our nation. Britain has been loosing its trade and business over the years and public health is the cause. We need a healthy workforce to stay ahead of France and Germany because they are catching up with Britain's wealth. Also, before the reform act in 1867, only rich people were allowed to vote. These rich people did not want their money being spent on amenities for the poor. However, there have been some important changes in who holds power and how that power is used. Just think about that. Now that the poorer people of our community can vote politicians out of power, they simply cannot be ignored. We must put our people before parliament! Even our Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli who became the conservative leader this year supports the Public Health Act. My fellow MP's, vote with me today to get this act passed. Once and for all. Laura Dench ...read more.

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