[special telegram fkom our own correspondent. ]
Wellington, July 9. THE HONORARIUM. •In order to obviate the difficulty arising from the cost of a second session m one year, Mr Moss advocated that the honorarium for both branches of the Legislature should be made annual instead of sessional, with the usual deductions for non-attendance. He intends to press the matter further by asking Government the direct question whether they will legislate m that direction this session, HOSPITALS. Mr Buchanan's Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Act Amendment Bill provides for Lho constitution of new hospital districts at Patea, Wanganui, Wellington, Wairarapa, Ashburton, North Canterbury, Manawatu, and Waimate. The Inspector of Hospitals m his annual report states that there is steady progress m economy m nearly all hospitals of the colony, and m all of them a very keen local interest secures an almost entire absence of neglect or unkindness. ' The report concludes as follows :■— <s The Hospital system has close and intricate relations, not merely with the whole problem of Charitable. Aid,' but with the whole social life of the people as well. For instance, the great good done by friendly societies is not without some drawbacks, one of, their least noticeable effects is to increase the number of our hospitals. The lodge system is so prevalent that m nearly every community a very large proportion of even well-to-do people are members for the sake, among other objects, of getting medical attendance cheap, and several of the largest Societies admit honorary; members who join merely for the sake of getting medical attendance at lodge rates. The result is that the doctor has so few paying patients that he must either leave off or get a State subsidy. " Every effort is made accordingly to found a hospital, not because it is really wanted, but because residents cannot get a medical man to settle without some guarantee, which is thus thrdwn largely on the State. A. good many of our hospitals exist for the simple reason that, as things are, it is the only way of getting a doctor to stay. One hospital chairman was so candid as to tell me that they wanted to keep hospitals a;oing because it enabled them to have a | second doctor to call m to assist the one who was already there m certain cap.es."
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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2463, 10 July 1890
Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2463, 10 July 1890
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