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A DENTAL HOSPITAL.

■ft QUISTION OF ESTABLISHMENT. ft. HOSPITAL BOARD'S VIEWS. -An interesting discussion on the ques-'•-ft/ft 61 the establishment of a dental 3?«nital in Auckland cropped up at ' yf h 7jneeting of the Auckland Hospital Mid Charitable Aid Board yesterday | ."' : :!ftarnoon. on receipt of a report from &j. Finaice Committee recommending; Hhat in the present state of the Board's y>«ii«iees the proposal was inadvisable. S Mr L. J. Bagnall expressed regret that ft \he committee had come to this decision, - 7. „, the aim of the Dental Associa- ! 'tibn-to'provide free dentistry to the -iboor of the city could not he given: itgect to. Their financial position so -Mar as general expenditure "was concernSla was quite satisfactory, and he the terms bf such a resolution I %. er e misleading to the general public, .11 jj c WO uld move that this matter be referred back to the Committee with a -j_jg W to having a sum placed on the ivestimates for the purpose. The Board 'iwould even save money by the outlay. ftffl the state- of the teeth of a great •:■ ''jinny of the poorer people was frequently at .-the root of troubles with which I'they entered the hospital. That would y result in a considerable .saving. It 1 would only mean an expenditure of . jbout £250 to the ratepayers at the J 'outset, to which was to be added the y government subsidy. He considered the - jndney would be well spent. ■[ The j Chairman (Mr G. Knight)' said ""'-.!, the question was a big one, but what ! J they could do from a Charitable Aid 7- point of view would hardly effect all . § that was required. The trouble should I Be attacked early in life, and no place yljijas more, convenient than the public 1 Faulty teeth were the founda--1 tion of El-health, and the matter should 'i be .attended to at the first, by seeing :■ to the teeth of children when they had . '-reached the age of six or seven years. : He would like to see laws put into ': inparation in the public schools whereby ' - -', the pupils could be examined by eon. pet- j '- '■ ent dentists. Their first duty was to ft'iry. and do away with the causes. He j : did not think "that their finances would j - allow of the dental hospital scheme. They wanted things of the utmost im.portance and they could not get them. '7 But the monetary obstacle was not the i_only one, for the first step should be 7 taken-in the schools. If the Government y would pass such legislation, then it ■would he for them to provide for the in- '■■( 6ij&nt. Jfr IT. J. Coyle considered, with Mr '■Bagnall, that they ought to effect a > having on the scheme. If the trouble "'was the foundation of ill-health, they should get at that foundation, for if { a poor man had no teeth to masticate ■nith. he would soon be ready for the ~ hospital. I. jlr P. M. Mackay Baid that if they -■-'.nad no means at present, they might V. >ait until the financial pressure eased. ; ; ;fe.would himself go further and have 5 :an outdoor {dispensary, such as was .estihlished in the towns at Home. If . -they-could do it without pinching in '•••any other direction, he would say go . ahead at once. ." 'Mr Bagnall replied that while he i aitreed with >Ir Knight as to the desir--7 ability of examination at school, he • !underst6od something of this sort was intended, and the matter of a dental &spitkl : was becoming' urgent. ■tfresre Rutherford and Johns also supposed Mr Bagnall. the matter being fffSffl&ally" Tefefred back'to' thfe'Coßlniit- '■;... tei for further consideration.

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A DENTAL HOSPITAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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