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(FIB PBEBB ASSOCIATION.) Dunedin, February 27 > At a meeting of the hospital trustees to day Dr Batohelor anbmltted a report on tbe hotpl it). Ho said that he believed that every statement made by Mr Gay m his letter recently published In the "Otago Dally Times " had a solid foundation In faot, and If need be proof of the fit .tementa ooald be advanand. The dootor nrges separate wards for diseases peoaliar to women, tho oost of whloh ho estimates at £2000. H'j says, as to. the expense, th»t; wl'tyn one week be has colleoted £600 from 24 individual ladies. Dr Batohelor pointed out several oases In whloh reform was needed, and says that he knows of one oaeo of typhoid actually bred and developed In the ward while the patient was an inmate for some other disease. This case was solely due to the grossly insanatory condition of the Ward. He also said that during the yeari he had praotleed In Dnnedln he had been present at a great namber of operations performed inside and ontiide tho hospital. In private practice be ooald not remember a single death the result of blood poisoning fol})wing an operation ; m hospital praotloe, he regretfully said, he had seen several. Ho further stated, "to troat diseases peculiar to women m a general ward has a demoralising effeot upon the | patients subjnoted to treatment and to the ! other ocpopunts of of the ward. Examinations euofi as have to be oonduoted o»n---not be carried on1; with even a modicum of deoonoy In a large ward for general diseases, Yonng lads m their first and second years at the hospital walk freely m and oat of tho wards, oven while examinations are being oondapted, and It Is absolutely Impossible, with the present accommodation to oheok or mltignto the evil." Th,e report was, referred, tp the honorary medical staff.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889

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THE DUNEDIN HOSPITAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889