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SECONDARY HOSPITAL SITE

* ■ WAKARI PROTESTS AGAIN.

V ;At the, first renewal of the old suggestion that tho site of the secondary or •'. overflow hospital should be at Wakari—- ■ though this, suggestion i 3 very much in the air, consisting, in fact, of an offer by Messrs Tilburn and Greenslade to sell . about 30 acres to the Hospital Board— Wakari residents have taken up arms again, and some 60 of them attended, u protesting- meeting in the Wakari School last night. Mr J. Torrance (chairman of ; tho School Committee) presided, and at the'invitation of the sponsors of the oppo- . sition several members of the Hospital Board were present—Mr J. H. Walkc(chairman), Mesdames Ferguson and Jackson, Mr W. T. Talboys, and the Rev. F. - G. Gamming. At the conclusion of a lengthy debate Mr L. Komnitz moved, and itwas resolved —*' That, in the opinion of thia meeting of Roslyn and Wakari residents, it is undesirable that an over*j;v hospital be established at the proposed site at Tilburn's, especially as the site is in very close proximity the Fchool "and in a district that is fairly populous, and is largely a dairying dii- • trict." Mr Torrance said that they were in the midst of a dairying district, supplying city and suburbs. Milk was said to ha oho of the greatest agencies for carrying infection, and it would be a pity to establish a centre for the dissemination of infection in their midst. A great many cattle were grazing in close proximity to tho site, children passed it every day on tho way to school, and, moreover, it was outside tho drainage area, and the natural drainage flowed right past the school in the little creek, and through a dairying area until it reached the Leith River. Many Roslyn people had said that they would stop* taking milk from this district it* a- secondary hospital were established in it. In these days of motor cars it was not necessary to be quite in touch with a, site, and no one in the district would object to a site beyond Aahburn Hall. If it waa necessary to place curable patients ns far away as .Pleasant Valley, it wis surely necessary to place incurables further away than Wakari. Cr Menziea said that three or four years ago a suggestion for such a hospital was mooted, and the opposition of the district was offered. That opposition still existed. Perhaps if the intentions of the board were fully placed before the residents this opposition might be eased, though it had toj be remembered that ... the present board could not bind a future board as to the scope of the proposed hospital. In any event the residents were entitled to a full explanation of the hoard's purpose, and of tho reason why the site purchased at Pine Hill had proved unsuitable. Even apart from any question of infection, ratepayers -were entitled to know yvhy this property that was under offer before ami refused should be purchased now (even at a reduced frice), when they had been assured that he Pine Hill site would be satisfactory for a secondary hospital for many years to come. Mr J. H. Walker said that the secondary hospital would be largely an overflow hospital. The same class of patient would come to this secondary hospital as to the general hospital. ■ Dunedin • Hospital had in it everv class of disease, and surely there yvas no objection to children walking round that hospital block, or any danger. Much less should there be any objection or danger at Wakari. In regard to the Pine" Hill site, it was approved by the medical staff. and there were far more dairies connected ■with that district than with this. He might state plainly that it was by no meaiu certain that. the board intended to change from the Pino Hill district site. The position was simply this : That the board's idea was to acquire a larger site in front of the site bought (at Pine Hill), which was necessary if tho buildings the board profiosed to build were to go in that ocality. Unfortunately another body ,had acquired a certain portion of the *land they wanted, and so far negotiations "/had been unsuccessful. As for the fear ; of consumptives, it was fallacious. There -; -were only about 12 consumptives treated in< the and it could ~ hitrdly be urged that on a site of 30 acres these would bo dangerous. As a jnatter of fact, it was well known that the consumptives walking in the people's midst yvero the menace, not those properly tended in a hospital. As for other arguments, the board would not buy any ..lite that could not have drainage and water, and he could assure them that the board would do nothing to jeopardise the health of the community. Why, in London tho infectious diseases hospitals .were in the heart of the city. Mr Torrance : Is it a fact that a sum of £SOO has already- been spent nn drainage and water for tho board's Pine Hill ~ site by the City Council '! Mr Walker : '"• We did not purchase the . site without an assurance from the CityCorporation that the water could bo laid on. and this coat about £330." He would point out that even if abandoned for . the purpose of a secondary hospital, the Pine Hill property was worth more to the hoard than it was when thev first purchased it. The board at present had taerely the Wakari property under offer, and yvere not committed to its purchase. In answer to a question Mr Walker added that the yvhole of the buildings . that would constitute the secondary hospital could not be built at once. Mr W. T. Talboys (another member of Ihe board) said that the Pine Hill people had made no objection to such a hospital , md, in fact, a very influential bodv were" building an educational building on the very border of the board's land, much . closer than the Wakari site was to the passage of the Wakari school children. The Chairman, in replying to Mr •Walker, said that it was no' argument to *ay that there was a greater menace from consumptives walking the streets. That was the fault of tho law. It appeared to tint that the board had made a mistake in .purchasing too little land at Pine Hill, and it was stated that the neighbor to their property would not sell them anv more land unless they bought him rightout. It looked as if he did not want the board for a neighbor. Mr Gumming said that this was not true. He pointed out, too, that there had teen some objection to the Pleasant Valley Hospital, but now Palmerston people Had the school children visited the place. Mr Torrance said that, anyhow, the residents of Wakari objected "to a' hospital Of this kind for the convenience of tho tncdical students. Put the hospital in the <-. country, and let the students go there. A member of the Audience asked :' Could Jtbt the board acquire by compulsion land at Pino Hill that they needed? Mr Walker: The board have the right lo acquire from persons, but not from another body. The site adjoining Pine Hill was presented to tho Roman Catholic nuns for a school, and the board have no Jegal right to take any land. Mrs Ferguson said that it was neceseavy •to have such a place comparatively near town, so that students might havo facility for proper training. The Chairman replied that too much yvas ieing made of tho convenience of the stu'jdents. Mr J. R. "Wilson said that he yvould give th** board a bit of advice: there were 32 acres of corporation land across tho road from the proposed site. Let them acquire that cheaper. Dr Falconer said that the secondary" hospital would be in the nature of a cori- ' valescent home largely. The average patient was in Dunedin Hospital for some three week 3, and during that period required the attention of highly-skilled inedical men. Patients ill for such a period did not require the same amount of air space as those who had longer illnesses And periods of convalescence. They wanted this secondary hospital so that the latter <£dS3 could have more air space. All cases that did not require the immediate care of a consulting surgeon would ba sent up. The doctor proceeded to scout the idea of danger of infection, and pointed out that , each troubles as diphtheria were treated now in Dunedin Hospital, in the centre of the town. After farther desultory discussion the •resolution quoted above was carried without any dissent save from the members of l-fhe. Hospital Board,

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SECONDARY HOSPITAL SITE, Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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