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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889
The monthly meeting of the Hospital Trustees was held yesterday; present— Messrs H. Houghton, J. Robin, J. Green, P. Miller, A. Solomon, W, Dawson, and Dr Hislop. FINANCE COMMITTEE’S REI’ORT.
The Finance) Committee reported that they had passed salaries and accounts for tho month of September amounting to L 533 6s lOd, subject to the approval of the Trustees. The receipts for the month of September were as follows : LBS 15s 6d j out-patients, L 7 Is ; sales. LI 17a ; donation from Kaikorai Football Club, L 4 9s 6d; total, L 99 3s. The receipts for the present month np to date were as followsln-patients, L 37 15a fid; outpatients, L 3 12a; sales, L 3 16s ; donation (Otago Rugby Foot call Union), L 2 5; total, L7O ssCcl. The bank pass book showed a credit balance of L 147 Os fid ; cash in hand, L 7 7s; total credit, L 154 7a 6d. The sum of L 434 3s lOd would bo required from the Hospital Board for the payment of salaries and accounts for September.—The report was adopted. house committee’s retort. The House Committee reported that the dispenser (Mr Akhurst) commenced his duty on the Ist inst. They recommended that Mr E. T. Roberts be appointed assistant to Dr Copland for the remainder of tho current year, and that he receive board and residence. The attendance at the out-patient department for the month of September was as follows :■ —Dr Copland, 2/9 cases ! Dr Ferguson, 86 cases; Dr De Zouehe, 52 caeco; DrMacdonald,2l eases; Dr Batchelor, 23 cases. The number of patients on the roll on October 1(5 was 94, and the issue of medical comforts for that day was Wine, 250z ; brandy, 8oz; 4 pints ale, and 11 bottles aerated waters. The report was adopted. THE women’s WARD FUND, Mrs Batchelor, secretary to the women’s ward fund, wrote as follows : I have tie honor, by direction of the committees of tho women’s ward fund and nurses’ home fund, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of t-eptember 21, and to express the regret of tho (lonunittco that the Trustees could not see their way to grant tho request for a conference contained in my letter of August 27. The Committee think that the unfortunate misunderstanding which has arisen with regard to the disposal of the funds entrusted to them ought easily to be oveio .me by mutual explanation. The Committee do not doubt that the Trustees have the welfare of the hospital and of the patients who use it thoroughly at heart, and they think the Trustees will sympathise with the Committee’s desire to honestly carry out the duties imposed on them by the subscribers of the fund. Tho money has been subscribed for rertain specific and definite purposes—viz., the building of a nurses’ home, which will permit the substitution of female for male nurses, and the building of a ward for the treatment of the diseases of women. We fed sure that the Trustees sympathise with both these objects as fully as the public who have so liberally subscribed tho munificent sums which we hold in trust end offer for the Trusteed acceptance, and we feel sure that the slight misunderstanding which has arisen will not be permitted to stand in the way of the accomplishment of such desirable objects. All wo desire is that the Trustees shall give us an assurance that they are ready to devote these funds and tho subsidy arising from them to the objects above mentioned, and that the Trustees will associate themselves for these purposes with five medical men, to bo approved by the committees. Mr Miller moved that the letter be received.
Mr Solomon would support Mr Miller’s motion. It seemed to him that these ladies and gentlemen were taking up an entirely unwarrantable position. This money had been subscribed for a certain definite purpose, and he took it that the duty of these ladies was to send that money to the Trustees with a letter stating that the money had been raised for that purpose, and that it was to be devoted to that purpose only. If they took that step, and if the Trustees received the money, they (the Trustees) could not with any degree of decency use a sixpence of it for any other purpose ; and he did not for a moment imagine that they would do anything of the kind. Independent of that altogether, they would have no legal right to use it for any but the one purpose. The sending of the money to the Trustees for a certain purpose was the creation of a trust, and if they did use it for another purpose they could be sued for it. The ladies were simply treating tho Trustees as if they had no trust in them.
Mr Robin agreed with Mr Solomon’s remarks, but would ask Mr Miller to add to his motion “and that the Committee bo referred to the resolution passed by the Trustees at the last meeting,” Mr Miller eaid he was not willing that the addition should bo made. There was a feeling among the Trustees, and one that did not seem to go down with them, that the two funds had been amalgamated for the purpose of getting these two objects—the nurses’ home and the female ward—carried out, Mr Russell called on him the other day and assured him that such was not the case, and that the funds for the nurses’ home would he paid over at any time as soon as plans were prepared and when it was agreed to go on with the work.
Mr Solomon had also had a conversation with Mr Russell, but a different impression had been left on his mind to that gained by Mr Miller. He understood Mr Russell to say this; the funds had not been amalgamated, and the subscribers to the nurses’ home were quite prepared to treat with the Trustees separately, without reference to the Women’s Ward Committee at all, but they would only treat on this basis: that the Trustees should have plans prepared of what they proposed to do, that these plans should be approved by them ; that when they have approved them and had received the Trustees’ approval, that they would carry out the alteration of mixed male and female nurses and have female nursing wholly, then they would pay the money. Mr Miller said the question of mixed nursing was never mentioned to him by Mr Russell. Besides, the Trustees had passed a resolution that they would not agree to any other system of nursing at present. After a little further discussion Mr Miller agreed to accept Mr Robin’s addition, and the motion as amended was then carried. A WELCOME CONTRIBUTION. The secretary of the Otago Rugby Football Union forwarded a cheque for L 26, as the proceeds of the recent football tournament in aid of the hospital,—The amount was received with thanks,
HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889
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