Doctor Noel Browne the man who did most to eradicate tuberculosis in Ireland.

The final programme in the series 'Report' for 1970 examines the period during which Noel Browne held the position as Minister for Health whose Mother and Child Scheme brought down the first inter party government in 1951.

Reporter Patrick Gallagher comments that Noel Browne, 

Chose to work in the field of the disease which had attacked him and decimated his family.

Elected to the Dáil in 1948, he was immediately given the job as Minister for Health. He embarked on a tuberculosis (TB) eradication campaign. The derelict sanatorium pictured in the report is testament to the success of this campaign.

Today the decaying and crumbling chalets in the disused sanatoria are eloquent witness to the speed and success of his tuberculosis eradication campaign.

During his time as Minister for Health he drained the budget to build hospitals for community benefit. The sanatoria assisted in accelerating the decline of TB in Ireland.

Dr Noel Browne
Dr Noel Browne

Noel Browne talks about his time working at the Newcastle sanatorium in county Wicklow and the influence journalist Harry Kennedy had on him and his work.

This episode of 'Report' was broadcast on 17 December 1970. The reporter is Patrick Gallagher. 

'Report' was a series of half hour documentaries. The final programme of the 1970 series was a profile of Dr Noel Browne.