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GREATER ATTENTION URGED INSPECTIONS IN SCHOOLS Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Greater attention to the prevention of sickness was urged by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Holland, in the House of Representatives last night when he was speaking in the second reading debate on the Nurses and Midwive's Bill. "If this Parliament would only address itself to the problem of preventing sickness and disease, we could greatly increase the standard of living for the great mass of the people." Ministers, said Mr. Holland, were prone to measure the success of the Government's administration by the number of people who had come to it for treatment, and preventives of one kind and another. The country's amazing climate was not reflected in the health of the people, the average number in hospital being too great. Care was given to infants, and his view was that something more should be done in the schools by providing for at least two medical inspections a year. Mr. Holland also referred to the value of X-ray examinations, and the examinations men were put through when they were called up for service. "If we can do these things in war," he added, "we should surely do them in time of peace." Mr. Holland said that under the present Government the school dental clinic system had been extended, but New Zealand had not gone nearly far enough in the prevention of dental disease. Mr. McCombs CGovt., Lyttelton) said he thought all would agree with JVIr. Holland that everything possible should be done in the way of preventive medicine, but it should be remembered that the present Government and previous governments had done a great deal in that connection. He referred to the work of the public health officers, and the influence they had had in the reduction of the death rate, the work of the Plunket Society, assisted by grants from the State, the efforts being made to suppress diphtheria among school children and the start made by the Government to X-ray workers' chests as far as the present available supply of film would oermit.

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SICKNESS PREVENTION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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SICKNESS PREVENTION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945