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Medical Relief Disqualification Act 1885

In August 1885, the Medical Relief Disqualification Act removed the link between the Poor Law and medical assistance.

This meant that people receiving medical assistance no longer faced the stigmatism of pauperism and retained their right to vote (where applicable).

Those receiving other types of Poor Law assistance were still subject to disenfranchisement.


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