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Mr Charles Reid, chairman of the Ashburton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, in an interview to-day on the question of a resident medical superinr tendent for the Ashburton Hospital, stated that he was entirely in accord with the views expressed on this matter in the "Guardian's" leading article

on Wednesday. In referring to the interview with a local doctor, Mr Reid stated that the suggestion that four local doctors should form a staff ■ with a salary of £100 each, was nonsense. In the first instance, the doctors attending would lead to confusion and over-lapping, and would mean extra work for the staff, and particularly the 'Matron, who would have to make extra trips round the institution with each doctor. The suggestion by the local doctor that the salary offered by the board was not large enough to induce an efficient man to apply for the position was also discounted by the fact that the board at the present time happened to have in its possession applications from efficient medical men. The board at the present time paid roughly £1000 for medicalservices at the hospital, and for very, little extra money the institution wouldbe served by a permanent officer.. This amount, of course, was apart from-j board to a single man, or a house,, light and fuel' to a married doctor. -

aiiu iuui i/u a. iiianiwu uuuiui. - Apart from the centres,; Mr Reidcontended that there were, as far as he knew, six or eight small hospitals with their own resident doctors, andthe salaries offered were from £300 to' £500, and he did not think the localdoctor would go so far as to suggestthat these hospitals had not obtainedefficient service for the amounts they were paying. If, said Mr Reid, it is

found on the appointment of our resident doctor that the work has so increased by the number of patients coming to the institution,, the Board willsoon make provision to obtain an assistant. At the present time, many patients were, being sent into private hospitals- simply, because doctors think that they should run the whole show. Experience showed that there were practically no paying guests finding their way to the public hospital,, that is if they, had sufficient funds to pay a substantial fee at a private institution. The public, said Mr Reid, were asking for the. resident doctor, and even in the face of the opposition from local doctors,, the public were going., to have their wish gratified by. the board. Then,, from an efficiency point of view, in regard, to accidents, a patient could

be brought from the country at any hour of the night straight to the hospital and. attended to immediately by the resident doctor instead of having to wait till a doctor arrives,, as is the case under the. present arrangement. ■Ashburton :'has a- ''first-class,-: hospital, providing: ample • accommodation for the needs of 6the community, and now was the opportunity to ..make, proper use of it. The local doctor interviewed appeared to be filled with anxiety for the success of the enterprise,,, but MrK^dd assured him there was. no need to worry. Experience •in other places had shown that even where young doctors ihad taken up .hospital work they had become leading doctors in _ their district, and an instance of this, could be found amongst.. our local doctors, one of them- having at one stage of his career accepted hospital work at a small salary. There is just another point, added Mr Reid, which has induced good' doctors to apply for this, position, and that is that the resident surgeon would contract no bad debts.

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HOSPITAL DOCTOR, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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HOSPITAL DOCTOR Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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