LIABILITY OF SPORTS
Some months ago the AVcllington Hospital Board wrote to the Wellington Football Association advising it that the board had decided that the charge for injured footballers would be at the rate of 12s a day, exclusive *f X-ray fees, instead of 50 per cent, allowance for in-patients' foes, as formerly charged. The association replied that the association would accept no liability in regard to injured footballers in the way of. maintenance, X-ray, or other charges in the future. The Wellington Rugby Union wrote to the board in similar terms. Mr. A. T. Markma.n, at the meeting of the Hospital Board this week, said he was sure that members of the board would view with some surprise the reply received from the Wellington Bugby Union and the Wellington Football Association in connection with the refusal of those bodies to accept any liability for the payment of hospital charges incurred by players under their control. He understood that some years ago the board, rightly or wrongly, decided to charge half rales for hospital maintenance for injured footballers, each of the governing bodies undertaking to guarantee the payment. During the last football season several patients were X-rayed. The half-rate did not apply to this special treatment. As the result of an account being rendered to the Wellington Eugby Union for payment, that body refused to pay anything above half the fee. The matter was discussed with the secretary of the Eugby Union. The result of that discussion was the refusal of that body to accept any liability whatsoever in future. There was no reason why the funds of the hospital, which were provided by the Government and the ratepayers of the Wellington Hospital District, should be expended for the relief of an organisation which was probably in a far sounder financial position than the board. Even jf it were not so, the trust moneys for which the board was responsible should not bo spent by way of granting half fees. He understood that the Eugby Union had a special fund to meet the medical expenses of injured players. He felt sure that the members of the board and the public as a' whole would agree with him that the attitude taken up by the football authorities was one which would not bo endorsed by the public who found the money to maintain the hospital. Mr. C. M. Luke said he was amazed at the sports bodies taking up the-at-titude they had done.- The sports bodies ought to be held responsible for the accidents.
On the motion of the chairman (Mr. F. Castle) it was resolved to reply that the board regretted the attitude taken up by the football associations, and suggested that they reconsider the matter.
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 49, 27 February 1932
FOOTBALL ACCIDENTS Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 49, 27 February 1932
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