A SECONDARY HOSPITAL.
10 THE tDJXOiI. Sir, —It is within the bounds of poasiblJitv that a hospital for incurable disease is JiWly to be erected in the centre of a popular hill suburb? 1 trow not. Yet we are led to believe that such is probable. I, with many others, cannot imagine a more serious blunder being allowed by residents within a radius of several miles. We need only look at the isolated spots that are at present being used for consumptive hospitals to realise the necessity of placing such an institution at a considerable distance from our City. Wakari, being situated one mile within the City area, cannot continue to attract residents if an incurable disease hospital is to he placed in its midst. Without further trespassing on your space 1 would refer to a letter in your columns of November 18 by one who signs himself “ Common The writer in question fails miserably in making comparisons between Anderson Bay and Wakari. The former has an institution for old people and a Presbyterian orphanage, which should appeal sympathetically to all true citizens. The latter is likely'to be confronted with an institution for the habitation of patients whose diseases are. infectious and incurable. Would your correspondent explain why such sites as Pine Hill, Hamilton South, Pleasant Valley, and Rock and Pillar were, chosen for infectious disease institutions if there was no possible danger of infection? One feels almost tempted to ridicule the statement that the proposed site is eminently suitable for the purpose in every way, as stated by your correspondent, when we know that our City doctors are constantly sending consumptive patients to Central Otago, the altitude and dry atmosphere of which are essential to restore health. Your correspondent informs us that one of the greatest authorities in the world has been amongst us, and recommended the site as being suitable for institution purposes, but carefully avoids stating the nature of the institution referred to. Finally. I wish to appeal to Roslyn and Wakari'residents to wake up and grapple with this mutter before it is too fate.—l am. etc., Wakaki. November 23.
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A SECONDARY HOSPITAL., Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914