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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
The monthly meeting of the Hospital Trustees was held yesterday afternoon; present—Messrs H. Houghton (chairman), S. Myers, S. Solomon, J. Green, J. Robin, W. Dawson, H. Clark, P. Millar, and Dr Hislop, The Finance Committee reported that salaries and accounts amounting to L 489 4s 1 Id were passed for payment, subject to the Trustees' approval. The receipts for the m<mth of June amounted to L 53 3s lid, and for the present month up to date, L4B 12s sd. The sum of L 436 would be required from the Hospital Board for payment of accounts for June.—Adopted. The House Committee reported that Miss Leitch and Miss Simmonds had been appointed junior nurses. The returns of the out-patient department for the month of Juno were as follows:—House physician, 215 old cases, and 92 new cases ; Dr Ferguson, 62 new case 3; Dr de Zouche, 27 tew cases; Dr Macdonald, 29 new cases; Dr Batchelor, 17 new cases. An investigation was held into a charge of neglect and cruelty brought against William Rae, night attendant of No. 6 ward, by a Mrs Carter, wife of a patient (since dead) in that ward. The charge was deemed unfounded, and Mra Carter expressed her satisfaction at the result of the inquiry.—Adopted. Mr P. Black, secretary to the Hospital Board, wrote at the request of the Board asking the Trustees why the amount of the hospital requisition for last May waß eo much in excess of the monthly average according to the estimate of the Trustees for the current financial year. The Secretary read the reply sent to Mr Black, in which it was stated that the average for May was exceeded on account of necessary works.— Reply approved. Dr Macgregor (Wellington) wrote asking if certain donations received were bona fide, and given without any conditions.—A reply to the effect that the donations were made unconditionally had been sent by the House Committee, and the Trustees agreed to approve of it —Mr Green Dr Macgregor had no right to ask this. It is a piece of gross impertinence on his part. I would not have given him the information, but as it has been sent out, I need not object. Dr William Brown wrote accepting the position of honorary consulting surgeon. Received.
Mr N. Y. A. Wales, architect, wrote that certain roofing alterations were necessary.— Mr PioniN said that a new hospital should be built; it cost no less than LBOO last year for repsirs.—lt was agreed to take steps to have the work done. The usual monthly medical report was laid on the tabic—Mr Myers said the medical staff might be congratulated on the low death rate. Last month there was a lower death rate than there had been in any previous months of the whole year. He thought, if that went forth to the public, it would make them have greater confidence in the hospital. There were only three deaths last month, and generally there were about nine or ten.—Dr Hislop :We must all have been struck with the fact that in the community generally the death rate has been rather heavy for some time past—that is, judging from the death notices in the papers. —The report was received. Mr Solomon asked what position the Trustees stood in with reference to the collections for the nurses' home and the women's ward. He did not quite understand the position. He thought the understanding arrived at was that this money was to be paid to the Trustees. It had not been paid over, and parties representing the subscribers had approached the Government with reference to payment of the subsidy. That seemed to him to be putting things in a false position.—The Chairman said that if Mr Solomon would allow the matter to remain the money would be paid unconditionally before next meeting. —Mr Solojion : Very well, Mr Chairman ; in deference to your wishes I shall say nothing more about it.
Mr Solomon remarked on the extraordinary difference that exists between the amount paid by this hospital for drugs and medical supplies and that paid by similar hospitals of about the same size. According to the Inspector-General's report tho cost in Auckland is L 656, in Christchurch L 326, in Wellington L6S9, and in Dunedin L 1,006. He would move that the attention of the medical staff be called to the fact that whilst the amount annually expended under the head of surgery and dispensary is L 1,006 in Dunedin it is much less in other cities, and that they be asked to account for the excessive outlay, and if any suggestion could be made with the object of lesiening the amount.—The motion was carried after a remark by Mr Myers to the effect that the large outlay was due to there being so large a medicil staff—each doctor trying his own particular treatment, and a great variety of drugs being thus used. Mr Grekn gave notice that ho would move at uex t meeting—" That tho following clause be inserted in the by-laws: 'That consulting physicians and surgeons shall be elected from gentlemen who have served the b >spital as physicians or surgeons for a period of not less than ten years. They Bhall attend at the hospital when summoned for consultations or operations, and be members of the Medical Board.'"
HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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