THE SECONDARY HOSPITAL SITE.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In a leading article in the ‘ Star ’ of Friday last you sounded a well-timed note of alarm regarding the above question. I am of opinion the authorities are making a grievous mistake in purchasing the Halfway Bush property for hospital purposes, and for the following reasons : (1) It is contrary to the advice of their own experts; (2) the situation is much exposed to south and west winds, the bulk of the soil is poor, cold, and wet, while Mount Stuart (Flagstaff) shades it from the sun during all the winter months; (3) the wooden buildings at present standing upon it are valueless for hospital or even administrative purposes, owing to their inflammability and liability to insanitary conditions; (4) all our advanced educational institutions already in existence, such as the University, the general hospital, the Normal School, and Knox College are situated in proximity to each other, and in the northern end of the City; (5) this coming secondary hospital must necessarily bo an educational institution; as well as a home for our sick and afflicted citizens, and therefore it ought to be placed in the vicinity of the institutions already in existence; (6) for the convenience of the public, the lessening of administrative expenses, the facilitating of the observation and investigation of diseases, the teaching of men and women to deal safely and scientifically with disease in its many phases, all hospital buildings of a permanent character ought to bo built in a series of blocks in one locality, and practically forming a hospital township. Now to this end it is our business as a progressive community to look ahead, and to make suitable provision for our hospital requirements in land for at least the next century. Accordingly we ought to buy about 100 acres in the best situation available, and as time rolls on and our requirements demand, all our new or extended hospital and charitable, institutions ought to be erected thereon. The lower slope of Pine Hill is about tho only locality that is easy of access, in close proximity to our existing institutions, with plenty of space, a pleasing outlook, and adapted to public utilities; and surely 100 acres can be purchased there for the same or less money than is to be paid for 20 or 30 acres at Halfway Bush. It is by no means an ideal site for hospital purposes, but it is about the best we can secure on tho outskirts of Dunedin, when we consider price and convenience. This question Is of so much importance to the Dunedin public that it ought not to be allowed to rest where it is, for one false step at this juncture spells muddling and regrets for the ne.vt century; and consequently I beg to urge that public opinion be brought to bear upon the board before the position becomes irretrievable.—l am. etc., Gordon Macdonadd. December 21.
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THE SECONDARY HOSPITAL SITE., Evening Star, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914