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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
The monthly meeting of the Hospital Trustees yesterday afternoon was attended by Messrs Houghton (chairman), Clark, Solomon, Myers, Dawson, Miller, and Green. The House Committee reported that a return had been prepared showing the cost of surgical dressings and instruments for the year ended 3lst March, 1889. It was as follows .'—lnstruments, L 65 2s 2d; wadding, L4l 13j 6d; carbion, L 29 17s 6d; stypium, L 4 5s 4d ; iodoform, L 43 19j 8d ; maltiue, Ll2 6s; white calico, L 7 12s lid; lint, Ll9 7s; flannel, Ll6 8s 6d; domett, L 42 17s 7d ; carb wool, L 36 9a 6d ; oiled silk, L 6 12a; total, L 316 lis 8(1. Dr Roberts (secretary of the medical staff), writing re the outlay under the head of surgery and dispensary in tho hospital, forwarded a copy of resolutions passed at a meeting of tho medical staff on August 20, explaining why the amouut was so large, and suggested that to lessen the expenditure it "was recommended (1) that all stock, drugs, dressings, and instruments should be imported ; and (2) that no one bo appointed as dispenser unless he has been admitted to the pharmacy register by examination, and who on entering office shall at once take in hand the reorganisation of the dispensary.—Received. THE NURSES' HOME, ETC.
The Chairman wished to bring before the meeting the subject of the nurses' home and qther buildings. A short oonversational discussion took place on the subject, several of the 'speakers stating that they did not at all understand the present position of affairs. Mr Clark asked the chairman to give a report as to how the matter stood,
The Chairman said that it was very simple, Lj3,3OQ was lying at the Colonial Bank in Mr Georgo Gray Russell's name and in the name of two ladies, whom he did not know. Since last meeting the matter had been considered, and it was thought that to spend L 4.000, as suggested by the medical staff, on ; the buildings would > be an- utter waste of money, and that Mr Miller's idea —to start and build wards at the back of the hospital, and allow them to remain
there aa the nucleus of a new hospital—was a very good one. Mr Clark asked if the subsidy were safe. The Chairman replied that it was.
Mr Green was dissatisfied with unitoTS as they stood at present. The Trustees had given this matter grave consideration and had arrived at a resolution, and they were now bound by that resotion. A deputation from two bodies that had been raising money had waited on the _ Trustees—the representative of one stating that he was satisfied with the reply given to him. He fully expected that the money would have been puid over by this time. Was the money to be handed over unconditionally or conditionally; and, if the latter, the conditions should be stated. He ■ had no doubt there were going to be conditions, and he for one did not know what they were. Was there any possibility of J the Trustees getting the money unconditionally ? The Chairman : I cannot answer you, _ Mr Greek : While you are in that chair, sir, I shall pay the greatest respect to you, but if I find you are going behind the Trustees—(The Chairman : " Oh, no, no.") —and that you are entering into any arrangement outside, then I shall express my opinion very differently. I hope you have not done so, sir. TheCHUBMAN: I am surprised to hear you impute such a thing. Mr Green did not impute it. The question ho wanted answered was, whether that money was paid to the credit of the Trustees and whether it was unconditional. The Chairman: It ia not paid to our credit. Mr Green : They have said they are willing to give it to us. Mr Solomon said it seemed to him they had got into a delightful muddle, and if his grandmother had had the direction of affairs she could not have muddled them more completely. (Laughter.) The Trustees were always " going to get" the money, but it had not come yet. The Chairman : Well, Mr Solomon, there is one solution for it all—decline to receive it, and there's an end to the whole matter. Mr Solomon thought that that would be the result before the end. As Mr Green a conference was held some time ago, and it was clear to him that everybody was perfectly satisfied with the arrangement then arrived at. Mr Russell said he was satisfied. He would move—" That consideration of all matters in connection with the erection of a nurses' home and providing a ward for the diseases of women be deferred until the amounts collected are handed to the Trustees, as was arranged at the Conference recently held." It appeared to him that this " arrangement" was held in front of them much after the fashion that a bunch of carrots was held in front of a donkey.— (Laughter.) The Chairman : Would it not be better if four or five gentlemen had been appointed a building committee, to report as to what was necessary in the way of making im-
piovements ? Mr Solomon did not agree with that. The gentlemen who had charge of the subscriptions did not understand their position, and were altogether mistaking their functions. They should not have gone into the matter at all; that was for the Trustees. His motion simply deferred consideration of the matter till they got the money. The Chairman- : Would you not withdraw your motion and allow matters to remain as they are ? You won't do any good with this. Mr Solomon : My only object is that the Trustees might express their opinion |on the matter. Mr Green seconded Mr Solomon's motion. Mr Rodin said he had met Mr G. G. Russell, and from what he said he (the speaker) could not help thinking that the chairman had not been so frank with them as he should have been. He was sorry to say it.—(The Chairman: "Oh, go on, say it all.") Mr Russell assured him that the money was ready to bo handed over as soon as an agreement was come to about it, and he also said that the subscribers would very likely have something to say in the matter of how the moneys were to be laid out. He (Mr Robin) moved as an amendment—- " That a committee be appointed to interview Mr Russell, and be authorised to get a report from the architect (Mr Wales) upon the best manner of carrying out improvements to the hospital in the direction indicated by Mr Miller." Mr Dawson deprecated that the matter had been allowed to stand over for such a time without some definite arrangement being come to. The amendment was not seconded, and the motion was carried, Air Robin dissent- j DR HISLOP'S COMMUNICATION. Dr Hislop wrote to the effect that as he i was seriously ill at present he felt obliged to resign his position as trustee. It was unanimously agreed that eonsidera- I tion of the letter be postponed for a month. I THE DISPENSERSHIP. ] Five applications were received for the position of dispenser in the hospital, and they were referred for consideration to a committee consisting of Messrs Houghton, Robin, Miller, Solomon, and Myers.
HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
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