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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889
The monthly meeting of the Hospital Trustees was held yesterday afternoon; present —Messrs H. Houghton (in the chair), J. Green, A. Solomon, S. Myers, J. Robin, P. Miller, H. Clark, and Dr Hislop.
HOUSE COMMITTEE'S REPORT,
The House Committee reported that Miss Simmonds, junior nurse, had resigned, owing to failing health, and Miss May Fraser had been appointed in her place; William Ray, night attendant, having absented himself from duty, was summarily discharged, and Matthew Morton placed in his position. Dr Copland had been allowed one week's leave of absence. The Special Committee that was appointed reported that they had appointed Mr Fred. Akhurst as dispenser. The Visiting Committee had inspected tho whole of the wards and had found everything in a satisfactory state. FINANCE COMMITTEE'S REPORT.
The Finance Committee reported that at their meeting on tho 18th inat. salaries and accounts for the mouth of August, amounting to L 537 14s 9d, were passed for payment, subject to the Trustees' approval. The receipts for the month of August were L 269 8s 10d, and bo far in September they were LSS 19s 6d. The bank book showed a credit balance of L 296 lis Gd; cash in hand, L 27 Is 6d. The sum of L2CB 5s lid would be required from the Hospital Board for payment of salaries and accounts for August,
THE PROPOSED 'MIKADO' ENTERTAINMENT. Mr C. Umbers wrote in reference to the entertainment of' The Mikado,' which it is proposed to give by amateurs for the benofit of the hospital funds, The opera had been produced in Christchurch and Wellington, and was most successful in both places ; and if it were placed on tho Btago here during the Exhibition time, a large amount of money would be obtained, the opera being a very popular one, aud never having been performed here by amateurr, It would be understood that the entertainment would be carried out on the understanding that the Trustees guaranteed tha financial responsibility of the undertaking. He thought that tho total expenses might be about Looo, and went on to refer to other matters in connection with the entertainment. The secretary was continuing to read the letter when he was interrupted by Mr Solomon, who said the Trustees had really heard enough of the matter. He would like to ask: If tho thing was not successful would the Trustoeß have to pay anything ? Dr Hislop thought they would. Mr Solomon said that if an entertainment was given which resulted in a surplus ho had no doubt the hospital would gladly accept it; but they could not enter into a transaction of any kind. He would move—"That the Trustees feel compelled to decline Mr Umbera's proposal, on tho ground that such an undertaking as he asks for is beyond the scopo of the Trustees' powers and duties." Dr Hislop seconded.
Mr Green eupported the motion. Mr Myers was of opinion that L2OO might be made out of the performance. He would move as an amendment—" That a committee consisting of the chairman, Messrs Solomon, Miller, and tho mover confer with a committee of the amateurs on the matter and report." Mr Miller seconded the amendment.
Mr Green did not agree with the amendment. All they were asked to do was to become a theatrical company, and they might as well try and run the theatre for a given length of time. It was altogether outside their functions, and for himself he had not the slightest capacity to run a theatre.
Mr Miller thought that it would be uncouiteous for the Trustees to give a refusal to the offer straight off, especially as the movers had gone to considerable trouble in the way of preparing preliminaries. There was no need for them to appear aB general showmen at all, and he was satisfied that if the thing was properly gone into at least L2OO would be got from it. Mr Solomon said he would not mind guaranteeing a sum of money—say LlO or Lls—out of his own pocket if he saw that the hospital would benefit, but they had no right to pledge the funds of the institution. Mr Robin did not see how they could guarantee money. No doubt the thing would be a financial success, but, for himself, he waß not inclined to guarantee any sum of money. Mr Clark did not favor the idea of guaranteeing any money, and he was sure that if there was a loss they would have to pay it out of their own pockets, and not out of the general funds. The amendment was carried. DR BARCLAY'S RESIGNATION.
Dr Barclay wrote thanking tho Trustees for the kindness and the support he had received from them while he was connected with the hospital. He asked to bo allowed to leave fop fjosnital a few days before the end of the monilf. '
Mr Solomon asked if this letter was Dr Barclay's notification of his resignation. The Secretary : YeE. Mr Solomon said that when this young man was appointed last year he had some doubt about the results, but he now saw that the appointment of Dr Barclay had been an unqualified success, and he heard no end of praise bestowed on him. He moved " That Dr Barclay's resignation be accepted, and that tho Trustees desire to express their satisfaction at the manner in which he had performed his duties: also, that_ a copy of this resolution be forwarded to him." Dr HiSLor seconded tho motion, and endorsed the remarks of Mr Solomon. Mr Gri?en said that he was one of those whs l»8t year objected to such an appointment, nnd V r s was happy now to be able to state that tho unties of the office had been carried out most evidently by Dr Barclay. The motion was carried unanimously. OTHER COKBBSPONDBNOB. Mr E. ' Gl' Roberts, a medical student, wrote asking if he might be appointed assistant to J)r Copland from October } po December 31, The Secretary stated that Dr Copland had intimated to him that he would sooner be without an assistant. It was agreed " That the matter be referred to the House Committee to arrange with Dr Copland for his carrying on the work at present, and that a copy of Mr RoborJta'B lefcfcpr be also referred to the House Committee".'-* Thomas Davis Moekioi'd jwote qpnypying his sincere a»(J hearty jbhanksttf the'doctor, nurses, and wardsm6n wVq on njg
late father, Hector Mockford, who died in the hospital on the 12th of August last. He could say truly that under no circumstances could watchful care and kindly sympathy have been more unremittingly bestowed. — Received.
The clerk of the Clutha County Council forwarded the following resolution passed by the Council:—" That this Council approve of the action of the Hospital Trustees in refusing to accept of certain moneys raised by subscription for hospital improvements, but tendered only on the condition that outsiders should have a voice in the expenditure of the same."
THE NURSES' HOME,
Mrs Bitchelor, hon. secretary of the women's ward fund, wrote as follows : "The Committee of tho women's ward fund and the nurses' home regret the difficulties that have arisen between your Board and themselves, and feel assured that if matters were thoroughly understood it would be found that all parties truly desire that which is best for the cause in hand; and in order to facilitate matters the Joint Committee of the above funds would ask the Trustees to appoint a sub-committee at once to meet and confer with a deputation from the women's ward fund and nurses' home, when the matter would be fully discussed in a friendly spirit, and some definite conclusion regarding the whole scheme arrived at."
Mr Solomon said this letter reopened the whole question. He was inclined to think that if the Trustees appointed a committee to confer with a committee of the women's ward fund it should be on these conditions : that they should instruct the Committee as to what they wanted them to do, or it should be distinctly understood that the Trustees were going to carry out the conclusions that the Committee arrived at.
Mr Green regretted that this letter should have been received asking the Trustees to deal with a joint committee. He was under the impression that they had satisfactorily dealt with one committee, but he was not aware that there was the slightest difference between the Committee who had raised the money for the nurses' home and themselves. He looked upon that matter as settled, and bo far as he knew they never had any communication from the gentlemen who collected the money, and therefore he was bound to asßume that there was nothing to adjust between them and the Trustees. There was, however, another matter with legard to which the Trustees had never understood what was really desired. Therefore it might be understood that there was a difference. At the same time he could not see his way to appoint any committee as asked for, but he thought that a committee of medical experts should be appointed for the purpose of assisting the Trustees in selecting plans for improvements to the hospital, and that the Trustees should then take the whole responsibility of the matter upon themselves. Fie moved—" That the letter of August 27 ult. from Mrs Annie Batchelor re the erection of a women's ward bo received, and that a committee of five medical experts bo appointed to advise tho Trust in the selection of suitable plans for additions to and improvements of the hospital, on condition that the money collected be paid into the hospital fund account." Mr Robin seconded.
Mr Solomon said the great difficulty appeared to him to be that there waa a resolution on the books of tho Trustees that no mattor in connection with the nurses' home or women's ward should be take* into consideration until the money had been paid over. Tho great trouble with regard to this matter was the amalgamation of tho two funds. That was a difficulty that would hate to be got over. The Trustees arrived at an understanding with Mr Russell some time ago that, provided that the money was handed over to them, they would build a nurses' home. But they had amalgamated the two funds, and the question waa, should they or should they not build another ward for women ? The Trustees proposed to altsr one of the wards in tho best way they could for a women's ward, but the Women's Ward Committee would not agree to that. They wanted the Trustees to build a now ward. Now, a most important matter arose as to what increased annual expenditure, if any, would be thrown upon the hospital by the building of another ward. Mr Burns, who was probably the best authority upon the subject, informed him that it would make no difference worth mentioning in the annual expenditure of that institution whether they built a now ward for female case 3 or altered one of the present wards. As it involved no increased annual expenditure, and as the money was provided for them to build a ward, he did not feel much inclined to let that money go past them. A new ward would give the institution increased accommodation, and a well-equipped ward was always wanted, Mr Clark said the question was, Was it wanted ? He did not think so. Mr Rodin said the Trustees had all taken for granted that the nurses' home fund and the female special fund had been amalgamated. He did not know why they took it for granted. Tho last they heard of the matter was that those who had subscribed to the nurses' home fund were quite satisfied with what the Trustees were to do, and that the money would be handed over. Mr Solomon : Well, it has not been. Mr RouiN : Well, I would like to know why it has not been, and why thp two funds have been apparently amalgamated. Perhaps the chairman would tell us. The Chairman Baid the funds bad not been amalgamated, but there was a joint committee of the two funds.
Mr »Solowo>" said if the Trustees appointed a committee to confer with that Committee they would not find it difficult to deal with the matter. He would not agree to the appointment of medical exports. Mr Robin : Do you mean to say from your own experience how a hospital should be built ? I say, if you are in earnest about the additions you propose to make to your hospital, you should have associated with you in the meantime to draw up plans some experts who know what a hospital should be.
Mr Solomon said that might be, and if they had arranged with the Joint Committee the terms upon which the money was to be handed over to the Trustees, then he should be quite prepared to support any motion that medical experts should be associated with them in preparing plans, but at present he thought the motion was premature. Mr Myers said if the motion did not do any good it would not do any harm, but it would not advance them any further. Mr said he was prepared to find that the annual expenditure of the hospital, in the case of a new ward being built, would be considerably increased. H« was going to assume that it would cost LCOO a year more than it djd at present. Mr Rqbii* ; I don't think that it will cost that. Mr Green : That is my opinion.
Mr Robin : But I think if the Trustees find it does cost more per annum, that these ladies and gentlemen who have raised the fund for making these additions and alterations will also raise the extra money to keep it up. They have expressed themselves not only as willing to do it, but as having great pleasure in doing it. Mr Myers moved as an amendment—- " That a committee consisting of the wholo of the Trustees arrange for a meeting as asked for in Mrs Batchelor's letter." Mr Solomon seconded.
Mr Miller thought that the Joint Committee should bo informed that if they handed the money over to the Trustees they would expend it in buildings, which would form the nucleus of a new hospital. They should not go the length of saying whether the buildings would be for a nurses' home or a female ward.
The amendment was lost and the motion carried.
Au American lady doctor, who is herself an enthusiastic cyclist, strongly recommends cyoling as a form of exercise spcoially Buited for women. She has been practising medicine for seventeen years, and in the course of her practice besame convinced that more vigorous movement of the lower limbs than walking gives was necessary to the proper development of her patients. This, she thinks, is given by cycling. A sociable man is one who, when he has ten minutes to spare, goes and bothers somebody w'no b|jgn;ti.
HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889
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