Sanatorium for Consumptives.
CONFERENCE OF DELEGATES
What was intended to be a conference between delegates from thelHospital Boards in the Canterbury Health District was held at the Christohurch Hospital yesterday. The only visitor present was M^r Davis, of Ashburton. The Chairman stated that the conference had been called in consequence of the meeting h,eld by the Medical Association, which body had decided to erect a sanatorium for consumptive cases. The idea was that the institution 3hould serve for the whole of Cantarbury> and the various Hospital Boards co-operate in taking it } over and managing it. i Mr Davis (Ashburton) stated that his Board had not yet had the matter officially before them, so ho could not say what action they would be prepared to take. He knew, howeyer, that the present oommittee were not altogether in favour of the scheme as far as they were acquainted with it from the press. Dr Jennings pointed out though tha cost might seem large at the outset, it would be recouped in ten years by the decrease in the charges of hospital management, consequent on the check placed on the spread of tuberculosis. Dr Finch stated that he had not been invited to the meeting of the Ashburton Committee, or he should have placed before them the fact that if they did not join in the scheme, they would have to consider what means they could take themselves for dealing with cases of consumption. Possibly the Ashburton Board would fall in line when the position was fully before them. However^ whether they co-operated or not waa a matter that affected Ashburton more than Christohurch, It would be better, he believed, for Ashburton to join the movement.
Mr Davis pointed out that his committee referred the question to the Hospital Board, and it was considered too big a matter for the former to daal with. The Board did not meet until July, and, therefore, he was not authorised to commit the Board one way or another. Dr. Jennings said the meeting had proved very satisfactory. It had been intended to hold a conference, but it was not a conference in fact. There was only one visiting delegate present, and he was not empowered to gi^e his Board's views ou the matter. Timaru had, more or less, given its approval, and Christchurch was strongly in favour of the scheme. The North Canterbury Board had enough patients within its own area to make a sanitorium necessary, and the Medical Association were going straight ahead. He believed that force of public opinion would soon bring everybody to line. After some discussion in regard to details it was resolved—" That the conference recommends the different Hospital Boards to takeover and maintain the sanatorium when erected by the Medical Association, and that the oost of maintaining the sanatorium be allocated on a population basis amongst those who agree to contribute." The following resolutions were also passed:—-"That the control of the proposed sanatorium be vested in a committee consisting of representatives of the contributing Hospital Boards, the number of representatives to be in proportion to the contributions, and the committee to be able to delegate its power to a sub-committee." " That in the opinion of this conference the proposed sanatorium should be erected in the North Canterbury Hospital District." Dr. Fiach stated that the probable oost of maintenance would be about £100 per bed per year, and the idea was to start with from forty to sixty b,eds. On a population basis Christchurch would contribute about .£750 per £1000, Timaru £150, and Ashburton £\oq.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905
Sanatorium for Consumptives. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905
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