Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1919. HOSPITAL DAY.
The Asliburton Hospital Board lias decided to inaugurate a, district "Hospital-Day;" 'on wiich. the public will. be. invited tp^"respond to appeals made on behalf of the funds of hospital organisa^ tions. Having, with others, previously urged such an annual appeal, we can now cordially endorse the Board's decision, and I are sure that if the arrangements | are suitably planned, the result of each year's "Hospital Day" will be most encouraging. The whole County could be covered, because : country folk are as desirous to i further the interests of the County ; Hospital as are the townsmen. Apparently, the initial effort is to be made on behalf of the Nurses' Me: niorial Fund, and none will begruage this allocation. Nurses are a hard-working and (often) underpaid class, and until the public conscience is further awakened, some fund to provide assistance to nurses who have encountered misfortune ia very desirable. Such semi-charity, however, should not be necessary; the ideal to aim at is adequate pay for adequate work, and the nurses would then be able to put by something from their earnings for periods of adversity. None can, we claim, doubt oiir sympathy for the nursing profession, but we hope the Ashburton Hospital Board will not sanction boxes being placed in the institution to receive for the Nurses' Fund "offerings from gVateful patients." The most grateful patients are not always able to give monetary proof of their thankfulness, and, human nature being what it is, the proposed offertory boxes might lead to misconceptions, and would buttress the system of gratuities termed "tipping," which is an imported pest, hitherto kept fairly well in check in the Dominion. It is not, we suppose, the intention of the Ashburton Hospital Board., that the annual collections on "Hospital Day", should be always for the Nurses" Memorial Fund. There are many ways where Ashburton money can improve the County Hospital. Whilst the hospital lacks facilities for maternity cases at the lowest fees, and whilst there are no provisions for free, or very cheap, dental treatment, the County Hospital cannot be said to be really modern in its equipment. National as well as individual interests suffer by the present inadequacy, the lower wage-earn-ers often being- really hard hit. "Hospital Day" will deserve public support to the degree it-fur-thers desirable reforms.