• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What part did Edwin Chadwick play in bringing about changes in the public health provision in Victorian Britain?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐What part did Edwin Chadwick play in bringing about changes in the public health provision? Erin Bourke 10D Edwin Chadwick is most associated with public health improvements during the era of Queen Victoria. He used his position to persuade the government to invest in public health ventures. He was interested in the political and social reform and was one of the most important health activists of the 1800s. He believed in using science as a means for social improvement and in 1832 he was asked to serve on the royal commission to investigate the effectiveness of the Poor Laws. ...read more.


However, one of the reports major criticisms? was that the old Poor Law had been left to be organised at a local level and there was no central authority over the whole system. The new 1834 law changed this and was led to be run by Chadwick and three other men. Yet, he wanted the Act to be carried out in his own way, this resulted in him failing to work with the other three men and it was all or nothing. ...read more.


This dilemma carried on until the Liberal government took control and passed the Public Health Act in 1848. With Chadwick?s work the key issue always remained ? who would pay for these reforms. He did have some impact but potentially not as much as he would have liked. Some people say it was not because of the idea of reforms but due to the fact that it was Chadwick himself and how he put people off him and therefore had a negative impact on his ideas. He was an adamant person leaving little room for tweaks here and there. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Public health in Britain during the hundred years from 1850 to 1950

    Emptying one cesspit cost a shilling - a sum the average London citizen then could ill afford. As a result, most cesspits added to the air-borne stench. Part of the problem was due to the introduction of flush toilets, replacing the chamber-pots that most Londoners had used.

  2. Louis Pasteur V Edwin Chadwick

    The vicious circle had been noticed by the PLC as they saw less money being transferred to the poor. In 1842 Chadwick completed his report and came up with an answer as to how the poor could become healthier and in the long run save the rich from paying too much money.

  1. Improvements in Public Health

    Street cleaners only clean roads with people living there who could afford to pay their wages. The fact that there was little public services for example there was no national health services and you had to pay for the health services, there was no clean running water, poor structured houses

  2. Research Topic: Health Welfare of elderly in Shanghai

    from 1950 to early 1980s are now entering the age of retirement, causing a huge demand for elderly-focused health care, pensions and welfare. Health welfare and services is especially essential for elderly who do not have families that take care of them.

  1. Liberal Reforms (1906-1914)

    The second act introduced to benefit children was the Education (Administrative Provisions) Act of 1907 which provided free medical inspections to schools. The government disliked this act as it would reveal how unhealthy and unstable the children of society were.

  2. How important was the work of Edwin Chadwick in improving public health in the ...

    However, most of these findings were made by chance, like the cholera epidemics which gave Snow the opportunity to investigate these cases further, to improve mortality rates. The Great Stink also occurred by chance, the summer of 1858 just happened to be so hot that the smell of exposed sewage

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work