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WELLINGTON, April 17. When the influenza epidemic was at its worst in Melbourne, the New Zealand Health Department was asked by the Commonwealth authorities if it could spare some New Zealand nurses who had had experience in connection with .the disease. Twenty-five certificated nurses were sent to Australia, but from letters they have written to friends in the Dominion it seems that thier reception was not what might have been expected in view of the important service they were prepared to render the community. They received no welcome, it is reported, and they were in many cases given subordinate duties which gave them the impression that in the hospitals there was a feeling that they were not wanted. Something about these grievances came to the ears of the Hon. G. >V. Russell, Minister of Public Health, for he informed a correspondent, who asked him if there was any official information regarding the matter, that he believed there had been some trouble over the lack of welcome to the New Zealand nurses, but the latest reports showed that the causes of trouble had been removed.

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NEW ZEALAND NURSES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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NEW ZEALAND NURSES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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