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As the result of an interview between tbe Council of the British Medical Association (N.Z. Branch) and tbe Commandant of the N.Z. Forces it has been made abundantly dear that there is urgent need of a militarybase hospital for New Zealand, and it is proposed to establish eush a hospital at Trent, barn, whioh is the standing camp (or the whole of New Zealand,.

This oamp will presently contain 3,600

men nnrl it w>ll continue in pxistensp eertinly fen a peiiod if two ytars, It is not only a niobiliEation camp, but also a demobilisation camp Ro that men who have been invalided at ttie war will he discharged at Trentham ond not indieomnately in various" parts of New ZeaWd or England, thus improving on the conditions which prevailed in respect of milnaiy dift-harpec after the Boer War,

f t piestnt serous oases arp sent tn triß Wellington public aid this ptuo>icp will continue ; but it is., obvious that in h huge C'imp like Tifritham tn-re will be many c«Hi>s of a Ikrs serious k.nd, including convalescents, that will require hospital aoeom raodfttion and treatment in the camp under the charge of military doctors and orderlies. The Government proposes immediately to build a snnll camp hospital, and the Medical Association is confident, with the help of the public and the press, of raising sufficient money to increase the hospital accommo dation and equipment to the full extent re , quired.

The buildings in the proposal base hospital at Trentbam will be cheap temporary buildings of wood and iron, and there will be no extravagance.

Even if the Wellington public hospital were large enough to accommodate minor as we'l as serious oases, the cost to the Defence Department would be very great; so that tne proposed base hospital makes ijot on'y for efficiency but for econmc

The effect of thtt pp'Rhlishment of such a hospital will be immediately apparent in tie increase comfo-t and well being of our sol. dierg, and the k owledge that adequate provision is being made will allay much, of the anxiety that now exists in the minds of the soldiers' relative.

Subscriptions for this humane and m g ntly needed work should be sent to Dr Manning. Chrietchutoh the local Boa. Trea* surer of the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association, and by him will be acknowledged through the press and transmitted to the General Treasurer in Wellington to swell the Patriotic Fund, though ear-maiked for tnia special purpose.

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MILITARY BABE HOSPITAL FOR NEW ZEALAND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 12 January 1915

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MILITARY BABE HOSPITAL FOR NEW ZEALAND. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 12 January 1915

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