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HOSPITAL SATURDAY

THE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING. PORTION FOE BELGIAN BELIEF. The ninth annual meeting of the Ht>s-1 })ital Saturday Association of Otago was held in the Town Hall last night, the president (Mr G. C. Israel) being in the chair. . Mr Israel, in moving the adoption of the annual report (already published), said that although the last collection had been made under unfavorable circumstances, nevertheless they had been able to distribute among their beneficiaries a sum of £7OO, while the result of the collection had been £B7O. None the less, the collection had fallen back considerably compared with previous years, and it was hoped that this year they would at/tain the £I,OCO average of earlier years. He was very pleased to remark on the very satisfactory results from the school collections, which were initiated on the suggestion of one of the leading teachers. The return from the hotels had been unsatisfactory, only a sum of £25 16s lid being taken, which on other ocasions had been the contribution from one hotel. With the 24s in the £ subsidy of the Government, the association had altogether benefited the hospitals to the extent of nearly £IO,OOO in all, which was a remarkable return, and\had resulted in securing additions to and appliances for the Hospital that would not otherwise have been obtained. The assoc.ia-„ lion were pledged to assist the Hospital authorities when they could come to a satisfactory arrangement for a secondary hospital, and therefore desired to keep up their 50 per cent, contribution, but as the Hospital authorities had not been using it, and as more urgent circumstances had arisen, they had approached these authorities asking" them to forgo their claim this year and enable the association to help the relief fund for the Belgians and allied distressed. The Hospital authorities were prepared to forgo one-half of their share, [ which would enable the association to give at least a quarter of the net takings to the Belgian and British relief funds. There had been a great falling off of the membership of the association, and he hoped this would be rectified, for the subscription was the nominal one of Is, and they wanted to reach the point when members' subscriptions would satisfy the association's expenses. Some time ago they had been threatened with a severance of one of their beneficiaries, who could not exist upon the amount they were able to give. The St. John Ambulance Association had been dissatisfied for one or two years, and thought that they could strengthen their financial position by taking other steps. However, a conference was held, and as a result of this he had proceeded to Wellington, fortified by the Charitable Aid Amendment Act, and the Minister had assured him that he saw no difficulty. So that in conformity with the clause" of the Act the association would contemplate later the desirability of placing their funds iu the hands of the Charitable Aid .Board for distribution, leaving to them 'the responsibility of recommending the other beneficiaries whom they thought should get a subsidy. In conclusion," Mr Israel mentioned several improvements in contemplation, amongst them the development of the flower collection idea, and the help that the Orphans' Club had promised. Dr Colquhoun, in seconding the resolution, said that the medical profession •generally were of opinion that the association iwas one of those, charitable bodies that was not called into existence before it was needed. It was not only the actual benefit that the association's work conferred on the Hospital and the sick poor that counted, but the work also had been of the greatest possible value to those who governed the Hospital and to the honorary medical staff. Oiie great advantage was that the collection had made a larger number of people take a personal interest in the institution, and such interest was beneficial whether it resulted in praise or blame. For many years it had been within the knowledge of the medical staff that the Hospital was conducted in a very inefficient and extravagant manner on a particular point. There was only one large hospital, and into it they had to put all kinds of patients —patients suffering from acute illnesses, serious accidents, both of which kinds required the continual presence of a large and skilled staff. But in addition they had to keep a large number of patients suffering from chronic illness, and convalescents —classes which could be as efficiently and more cheaply cared for in a cheaper place. Of late years they had had their wards water-logged with such cases to such a degree, that cases had been kept out for want of louni. They should urge upon the governing body once more to do something, and do it at once There had been culpable neglect in the matter of securing land for a place of this kind. Promises had been made, but nothing had been done, and at least one excellent opportunity had been missed. He made this criticism in no carping spirit, but he thought the Hospital had been carried on at unnecessary expense owing to the lack of classification, and justice had not been done through this lack to the patients, the wards being water-logged by chronic cases that had no right to be there. The Rev. F. G. Cummin" said that his society (the Patients and Prisoners' Aid Society) were extremely grateful for the help received from time to time, and he would like to say that the whole of the sum received had been spent absolutely upon the patients' side of the society. He could say the same thing of the Victoria .Jubilee Convalescent Fund.

Mrs Carr (representing tho Society for the Promotion of the Health of Women and Children) said that they, her society, sympathised with the St. John Ambulance, in the matter of sufficient help from tru association, and were in the same boat; but the present time was not thought opportune to broach the matter, though Plunkefc Day collections elsewhere had given similar societies more than they got through the association. The original share given them was £2lO, but it had gone down steadily, and the society felt that they would have a difficult task to carry oil owing to the patriotic movements.

The following office-bearers were elected: President, Mr G. C. Israel; vicepresidents, Messrs W. L. Eogie and F. G. dimming; hon. secretary, Mr .1. C. Mac George; hon. treasurer, Mr R. Martin; hon. solicitor, Mr H. T). Bedford; hon. auditor, Mr G. Grater; executive—the Mayor, Messers J. E. Bone, F. G. dimming, C. Speight, the Rev. V. King, Mrs J. Loudon, Mrs MacGeorgo, Mr R. S. Menzies, G. K. Moreton, W. T. M'Farlane, the Rev. Graham Balfour, Mrs .1. B. Callan, jun.. Misses Stewart and -J. D. Hooper. It was decided that the annual collections should be made on November 28. On the motion of Mr W. L. Logie it was resolved—" That for this year the hospital proportion of the net collection be one-quarter instead of one-half " ; aiKt "That one.l'owrlh oi the net amount ot this year's collection be donated <o (he Belgian Fund." Mr J. C. Mac George moved, and it was carried—"That the allocation of the collection for the coming year be ns follow, on a basis of £I,OOO net:—Dunedin Hospital £SOO, Ambulance £215, Karitane £145, Gotivalescent Home £45, Prisoners' Aid Society £7O, and Dental School £25." In conclusion the Chairman paid a compliment to Mr E. S. Wilson, the association's secretary, remarking how fortunate they were iu having so zealous an officer.

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HOSPITAL SATURDAY, Evening Star, Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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