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QUESTION OF DUAL CONTROL. (Fbom Oub Own Correspondent.) WELLINGTON, January 25. There have been indications lately that 'the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Public Health have not been seeing eyo to eyo regarding the institutions under the control of tho Public Health Department for the treatment of returned soldiers. Some days ago strong criticism was directed against the conditions at Quarantine Island, Port Chalmers, where soldiers suffering from certain diseases are detained. At a meeting of 'the Returned Soldiers' Association at Dunedin, replying to these comments, tho Minister of Defence is reported to have said that up to Wednesday of last week the island had been under dual control, but was now solely within his jurisdiction, and if matters were aa represented he promised that there would be an alteration. The Minister of Public Health has now issued for publication the following statement: —"In consequence of this statement tho Minister of Public Health has requested tho Deputy Chief Health Officer to report as to the relations of the two departments to thie institution, and in reply to his questions has received the following yeport from that officer:—(l) The medical officer of the institution is Captain Borrie, a defence . officer, who also is Port Health Officer at Port Chalmers, and the only medical man resident in 'the town. (2) The stores and other necessaries for the institution are purchased and paid for by tho Defence Department. (3) Tho buildings, being quarantine buildings, wore under the control of tho Public Health Department until required to house the military cases, but since being occupied by the military authorities all expenditure on the buildings lias lieen borne by the Defence Department. The relationship between tho two departments has been that the staffing, medical treatment, discipline, rations, and general attendance have been administered by the Defence Department, and in these matters tbo Public Health Depatrment has taken no direct part. It will therefore bo soon that there has been no dual control, and that, the entire responsibility for tho sanitation and other matters complained of by the Returned Soldiers' Association rests with the Defence Department."

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QUARANTINE ISLAND, Issue 17222, 26 January 1918

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QUARANTINE ISLAND Issue 17222, 26 January 1918

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