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The new Hospitals and Charitable Aid Bill repeals all the measures passed since ISBS, and deals separately with hospitals, charitable aid, destitute persons, local homes, and State refuges. All the present managing bodies are abolished from April 1 next, the whole administration being in future vested in the local governing bodies, i.e., county and borough councils; and in places where there are no such bodies are pat in charge or road and town boards. The "hospital fund" is provided from the same sources as in the old Acts, but the manner in which aid is given is one of the novelties in the Bill. It is to be on the basis of the number of hospital inmates, and the contribution is to be of a certain rate per day. The precise sum to bo granted is not finally determined, but the present intention is that, " the aggregate number of days of the actual treatment or stay of all the patients admitted to or being within such hospital during the financial year being added together," 2s 6d per day shall be paid ir> respect to the first days, and 2s for each day beyond that number; also, Cd per day for actual lodgment and maintenance of any aged, infirm, and other person suffering from chronic ailment and not requiring actual medical or surgical treatment. In the event of the sum appropriated in any year for this purpose being insufficient to meet payments at these aforesa'd rates, they are to be uniformly decreased in proportion to the sum appropriated. In the caso of " local homes," which are to be established by contributing councils, the amount to be paid by the Government on account of such homes is fixed at Gd a day for each inmate. The council of a district in which children are committed to industrial schools under the Destitute Persons Act have to pay Cd a day for each child, but the cost of maintaining orphan children at industrial schools is to come out of the Consolidated Fund. All estates and interests of benevolent aud hospital boards will be vested in the councils. Power is given to the councils to lease lands for a term not exceeding twentyone years for agricultural and pastoral lands, and forty-two years for town lands, such leases to be sold by auction. Councils may make contracts for the maintenance and care of inmates attending homes or hospitals, and every person in receipt of relief from a hospital will be liable to contribute a reasonable sum towards his maintenance, according to his means. If a hospital or home affords relief to a Eerson from another district, payment may e obtained from the council controlling such other district. The Colonial Treasurer may advance loans to councils for new buildings, The new charitable aid districts in Otago include the following:—Oamaru, Waitali County (with all boroughs), Lawrence, Tuapeka County and all its boroughs. The Dunedin district includes Waihcmo, Waikouaiti, Peninsula, Taieri, Bruce, and Clutha counties (with all their boroughs). The bodies controlling the hospitals are : —Lawrence Hospital, vestod in tho Law-" renoe Borough Council; Duncdiu, in tho Duuedin City Council.

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