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A very important conference between representatives of mosL of the Hospital Boards of Canterbury was held on Tuesday at the Cashmere Hills Sanatorium" to discuss the question of cooperation betwqon the Boarus m fighting consumption. The Boards represented were *:—North . Canterbury :- Messrs F. Horrell (chairman) J. D.. Hall, W McMillan, Or ton Bradley, G. Scott and Dr. Fenwick; Ashburton: Mr H N Frie-llMider; Buller: Mr Greenwood: G.-fe.v: Mr Fletcher; South Canterbury Dr. Paterson and Mr Gillingham; Wcsbland: Mr Clifton.-Co-Operation Needed. The conference assembled at the Hospital Board's rooms at 11 a.m., when Mr F. Horrell (chairman of the Board) extended a very hearty welcome-to-the j delegates, and trusted that their con-1 ference would be of benefit to those, suffering from tuberculosis. The object j in arranging the conference,' he said, was to endeavour to come to some arrangement whereby those afflicted in the visiting representatives' ■ districts might have the benefits of sanatoria treatment. As the North Canterbury Board had spent thousands of pounds of its own ratepayers' money in combating the disease it naturally was not eager to take patients from outside districts, although in some cases the rule had been broken. It recognised, however, the impossibility of the smaller Boards incurring the enormous expense of establishing sanatoria, etc. Personally he did not think this would be necessary provided some mutual arrangement could be arrived at with the larger Boards. All would agree that it was almost futile to attempt to stampout the disease unless there was some uniformity of action throughout t Tie Dominion. It was, for example, use 1 -«is for this Board to attempt cures while other Boards were propagating the disease by doing nothing. Visit of Inspection. The whole party then motored to the Sanatorium and there entered upon a thorough inspection of the buildings and the treatment carried out there. Dr. Blackmore, superintendent of the sanatorium, personally conducted the visitors over the buildings and showed how the accommodation had been extended from time to time. A Scheme Proposed. : On resuming in conference, the chair-, man said that the yearly cost per bed so far has been £133 10s each, but Mr Wharton (the secretary) had prepared estimates for next year making the coft £108 Is sd. He suggested that-each district should provide its own shelters at the Sanatorium, containing as many | beds as they thought would be necessary for the needs of their locality. Mr Gillingham said that the South Canterbury Board had entered into an agreement with the Otago Board for seven years to send its patients to the Pleasant Valley Sanatorium. Ashburton had .joined in that plan and he thought that for the present their district should be omitted from any arrangement. Mr Horrell said that he believed all that would be expected would be the cost of erecting shelters arid the cost 'of .maintenance. ■ • '' ■ The Use of Dispensaries. In response to an invitation from the chairman Dr. Blackmore made some remarks as to the institution and operation of dispensaries. Mr Friedlander (Ashburton) said his Board had already recognised the value of promptitude. But the medical men themselves would not report cases as speedily as they should, and. they had actually complained to the Inspector- | General, and asked him to enforce the law. As soon as the case was reported the Board would investigate and take ail necessary steps. The scheme pro--1 posed by Mr Horrell was a- very good one, but an important question was: Was there room at the Sanatorium for all the shelters which would be required by the different Boards. If it was found that there was not room the position would be awkward, because at present Ashburton hiM an arrangement with ! Otago which should not be lightly broken. In reply to Dr. Fenwick, Dr. Blackmore said that he would strongly advocate a third institution in the shape of a farm some 40 miles from the city. An expert would not be required there, but a junior would do. [ Resolutions Carried. After considerable discussion, the foli lowing resolution was carried on the motion of Mr J. D. Hall, seconded by Dr. C. Fenwick: — "That in the opinion of this con- j ference it is desirable to establish ■ tubercular dispensaries in all districts for the purpose of detecting tuberculosis, of educating people in methods of treatment, and of preventing the disease." Mr Hall also moved, and it was agreed:— . > "That the inspection .of the health of school children be proceeded with as soon as possible, and that a copy of the resolution be : sent to the Ministers of Health and Education." \ Hospital Boards' Association. < Mr Greenwood (Buller) drew attenj tion to the position of the law in making Boards responsible for the maintenance of- patients in other hospitals who have 'been residents of the district. He said that this was a very heavy burden on the small Boards, as they frequently received these heavy bills completely as a surprise. There emerged from a desultory discussion on the subject the suggestion that 'a Hospital- Boards' Association should be formed to discuss very many important subjects affecting the different Boards. Mr Friedlander moved that in the opinion of the conference it was desirable that an Association should be formed, and that the Inspector-General should be asked to, convene a conference of delegates to consider the proposal ami any other remits advanced. This was agreed to. The Conference Ends. Mr J. D. Hall moved, and it was resolved :— "That, subject to the approval of the North Canterbury Board, this conference approves an arrangement being entered into whereby 20 shelters, if necessary, be provided for tubercular'patients from the Ashburtdn, Westlantl, Buller, Grey, and Inangahua districts, and that the delegatos from those districts be requested to ascertain the views

of their respective Boards and intimate to the North Canterbury Board ,\vhat -'their respective re- , quirements.are.and the conditions i \yliieh| .they,/suggest should be incorporated in such" an arrangement. flPhe'conference concluded with a vote of thanks to the chairman and to Dr. BJaekmore. v

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THE WHITE SCOURGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914

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THE WHITE SCOURGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914