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IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE AT CADOXTON-BARRY. THE NEED OF PERMANENT HOSPITALS FOR THE DISTRICT. THE BOARD SHALL NOT SCHEDULE SULLY ISLAND. The monthly meeting of the Health Committee of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board was held on Monday evening last at Cadoxton, present-Dr P. J. O'Donnell (chairman of the board) presiding pro tern., Mr J. Jewel Williams, Mr J. Arthur Hughes (clerk), Mr J. C. Pardoe (surveyor), Dr Neale, J.P. (medical officer), and Mr A. E. Leyshon (sanitary inspector).-On the motion of Mr J. J. Williams, Dr O'Donnell was re-elected chairman of the committee for the remainder of the present year. MEDICAL OFFICER'S QUARTERLY REPORT. Dr Neale presented his report as medical officer for the first quarter of the present year. The deaths number 50, 28 males and 22 females, show- ing a death-rate of 11-9 per 1,000 per annum of the population. The births numbered 182, 82 males and 100 females, the average being 43'6 per thousand. By way of infectiousdisease,33 cases were returned by the medical fraternity during the quarter, of which twelve were scarlet fever and three small-pox. Two of the latter, it would be remembered, arrived from Havre on the 20th February, and the third was the caretaker of the hospital, who contracted the disease while in attendance upon the other patients. Every possible precaution had, however, been taken to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Dr Neale also pointed out that the temporary hospital at Barry Dock, being built of wood, and being structurally defec- tive, it was difficult to provide adequate isolation between the rooms, and he urged, therefore, that prompt steps be taken to provide a permanent hospital for the district on the site at the Colcott. Dr Neale closed his report with the remark that the death-rate was very low and the public health exceptionally good for the first quarter of the year. THE PROPOSED HOSPITAL AT THE COLCOT. In connection with Dr. Neale's recommendation that the hospital at the Colcot be proceeded with without delay, the clerk stated he had written to Mr Forrest applying for nine acres of land, belong- ing to the Wenvoe Castle Estate, for purposes in connection with the hospital, but no reply had yet been received; and at the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to again write to Mr Forrest, and in the event of no reply being received that an interview be sought. A HORSE AMBULANCE TO BE OBTAINED. Dr. Neale reported that the cost of treating the small-pox cases at the hospital amounted to :£44, and he might state that another case had broken out at Barry, a young man having arrived from Genoa, via Middlesbro', and difficulty was ex- perienced in obtaining a conveyance for the removal of the patient. He would, therefore, suggest that a horse ambulance be obtained to prevent similar delay in future.—The Chairman said the cost of an ambulance could be included in the loan for the establishment of the hospital, and Mr J. J. Williams concurring, it was decided to recommend that designs be obtained of the same by the next meeting. THE INSPECTOR'S OFFICE. The Medical Officer further stated that the room occupied by the sanitary inspector and himself at Cadoxton was far too small for its purposes, and said something should be done to provide addi- tional accommodation.—The Clerk stated that he had made inquiries as to the rent of another house in Vere-street, but nothing further had been done in the matter.—The Chairman thought the matter might be referred to a larger meeting of the com- mittee, or to a joint committee of the board. INSPECTOR'S REPORT. Sanitary-inspector Leyshon's report was read, showing that 151 houses had been inspected dur- ing the past month, in 28 of which nuisances were discovered, and in 94 the closets required proper flushing apparatus. Fifty-four nuisances had been inspected, and in 48 of the cases the notice to abate had been complied with. The scavenging of the district was being carried out satisfactorily and the cow-sheds, dairies, and milk-shops had been inspected and found in a clean and satis- factory condition. There were three infected houses in the district, and out of 85 vessels boarded during the month only four were found with nuisances thereon. SULLY ISLAND AS THE PROPOSED SITE FOR A FEVER HOSPITAL. The Clerk read a letter from the Local Govern- ment Board to the effect that, having carefully considered the local board's application for power to schedule Sully Island for the purposes of a fever hospital for the port of Barry, they regretted they were not prepared to grant an order for this purpose.—The Chairman: That means we are refused permission to schedule Sully Island.—Mr J. J. Williams I never thought we should have permission.-The Chairman What is our next ttep ? It is of no use whatever to go in for elaborate cholera precautions if we cannot get any place to take patients to.-The Clerk The position is a very serious one. Our present hospital cannot be used for cholera purposes because the Barry Company will not allow cases to be brought over their property through the dock to the hospital, and we have no other place to go to in fact, no alternative place was suggested at the inquiry at all.—The Chairman did not think that the Barry Company's attitude in connection with the inquiry was in any way favourable.-The Clerk I don't know what we can do unless it is to let the matter slide.—Dr Neale said if it was decided to erect a hospital for the port at Aber- thaw he thought land could be obtained by nego- tiation. That seemed to him to be the only place available in the district, and he stated on the authority of the old pilots at Aberthaw that there was always a depth of four or five feet of water available at all tides thereat. — Mr J. J. Williams was of opinion that a committee should visit Aberthaw and see whether it was possible to enter as proposed, and in all weathers.-Dr Neale remarked bhat access to Sully Island was not at all convenient even during only comparatively rough weather.—After continued conversation, it was resolved that Mr J. J. Williams, Mr W. Paterson, and Dr Neale be a committee to visit Aberthaw and report thereon. BATHING AT BARRY ISLAND. With regard to the appointment of an inspector of pleasure boats and bathing at Barry Island, Mr J. J. Williams said there was a feeling expressed at the last meeting of the Board that no additional expense should be incurred in the matter.—The Chairman replied no inspector could be obtained without some cost.—Mr J. J. Williams suggested that the assistant inspector of nuisances be told off to act as inspector of baching and pleasure boats during the summer months.- Dr Neale replied it was ridiculous to expect Mr Summerfield to do the work when the inspectors had more than they could properly do already.- In course of a discussion which followed, it was pointed out that there was a difficulty in the way of obtaining the services of a special policeman to act as inspector, and, eventually, the Chairman proposed that an inspector be employed during the summer months, from June to September, at wages of about 30s per week.—Mr J. J. Williams considered the Board was not in a position to pay such a sum at present. Besides, he did not see why the Board should encourage private enterprise in this way. At the same time, he would not object to Dr O'Donnell's recommendation being referred to the Board.—This was then agreed to. MISCELLANEOUS. Several bills were handed in for approval, including one for £361 4s, due to the gas and water company for the public lamps. It was also resolved to take steps to invite tenders for the scavenging work for the remainder of the year and the surveyor brought forward a ■complaint as to the amount of trespass done over the slaughter-house field at Cadoxton. 'Other business was transacted in camera. )

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