BOARD MEMBER'S ACTION. "It is to be regretted that certain members of the board visit the kitchen and interfere with members .of the staff. Your committee therefore draws attention to the inadvisability of individual members of the board getting into communication with the staff while on duty." . Exception to this passage ima report from the house committee of the Auckland Hospital was taken by Mrs. A. M. Dreaver at the .meeting of the board yesterday afternoon, when she brought before the board certain conditions which she had discovered in a visit to the kitchen. In moving that the section of the report quoted above be referred back to the committee for further consideration and investigation, Mrs. Dreaver said that she wished to avoid a public scandal. "I have yet to learn that a board member has' not the right of access to any part of the hospital which we arc elected to administer," she said. She explained that she went to the kitchen recently to see the improvements there, and during her visit found that some of the men were overworked. One, a returned soldier, stated that he worked from C 3 to 70 hours a week. She had spoken to the diet supervisor, Miss Eoss, who appeared to be working hard, and was told by the latter that she had lost a stone in weight in a month. "We appear to have sweating conditions in our hospital," added Mrs. Dreaver. It was a remarkable thing, she said, that the man with H years' service had been dismissed since her visit, on the grounds of inefficiency. He would now be a charge on the board. The Rev. W. C. Wood, chairman of the committee, said that the question involved in the report drew attention to what the board would agree was an undesirable practice, namely, that individual members should take it upon themselves to discuss with the staff the policy of the board. It was destructive of discipline. Mrs. Dreaver: I am innocent of that. Mr. Wood: Miss Rose had informed the committee that if she is interfered with again she will resign. We do not want to lose her. I hope the members will have the good sense to go to the head of the department with any complaints, or bring them before the board. I will not stand for working the staff G3 hours a week, but if there are any complaints they should be brought before the board. Mrs. Dreaver: I did so. Mr. Wood: It is said you discussed them with the staff. Mi's. Dreaver: I only asked questions. The chairman, Mr. W. Wallace, suggested that Mrs. Dreaver had made a mistake in not going to the house manager. He added that it was a dangerous thing and subversive of discipline for members to go round talking to the staff on matters of policy.
The committee's report was adopted, Mrs. Dreaver being the only dissentient.
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HOSPITAL KITCHEN., Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 300, 20 December 1933
HOSPITAL KITCHEN. Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 300, 20 December 1933
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