WELLINGTON, April 16. Speaking of the intention of the Government' regarding the financing, of another outbreak of influenza, . should one occur, the- Minister of Public Health said that when the epidemic broke out last November, it spread so rapidly that it was impossible to.deal with it by ordinary means. Consequently emergency hospitals were established, and the Government footed the bill. As far as could be ascertained, the expenditure was practically £200,000. If. a recrudescence occurred, the Hospital Boards would be required to accept this legal responsibility 'and to control the entire organisation in their respective districts. Also, the Government would not in any future epidemic foot the bills as on the last occasion. Referring to the fact that the Wellington Hospital Board made provision in its estimates for a sum of £20,000 to deal v/ith the epidemic, the Minister said there was no necessity to take that course. \ The . Act provided that in case of a deficiency in the' finances of a board, for the purpose pf meeting the expenditure for .the year the Board might make a supplementary levy on local bodies. . s
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919
FUTURE EPFDEMICS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919
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