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ACCOMMODATION PROBLEM DEFICIENCY OF 1016 BEDS Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. Proposals to acquire as soon as possible an institution near Auckland for the lower grades .of mentally defective children are mentioned in the annual report of the Department of Mental Hospitals which was presented in the House of Representatives yesterday. The shortage of accommodation at mental hospitals is described as acute and the report states that there is a deficiency throughout New Zealand of 1016 beds, or the equivalent of an additional mental hospital. The report states that there were 8753 names on the register of the Department at the end of 1944. In actual residence at the eight State hospitals at the end of the year there were 8120 persons, an increase of 160 compared with the previous year. Of this number 7760 were subject to a reception order and 360 were voluntary boarders. Dealing with the shortage of accommodation the report states that the total deficiency of 1016 beds does not take into account the 265 patients lodged temporarily at the Chateau and Wairakei, for whom other accommodation must be found at an early date. The deficiency at the Auckland Mental Hospital is shown at 114 beds. The building programme has been affected by the shortage of labour and materials arising from war conditions, but steps are being taken to relieve the situation.

The Director-General of the Department, Dr. T. G. Gray, states that the Department could not continue to give full services without sacrificing the proper and safe conduct of the hospitals unless a substantial addition is jyiade to the number of medical officers. Since the commencement of the war eight assistant medical officers had been induced to leave the service because of the higher incomes which could be obtained under recently-developed conditions of private practice and they had not been replaced.

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MENTAL PATIENTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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MENTAL PATIENTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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