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Merthyr General Hospital. I AGREEMENT BETWEEN WORKERS AND I EXECUTIVE BOARD CONFIRMED. FUTURE PROSPERITY ASSURED. An era. of prosperity for the Merthyr General Hospital now that the workers of the borough have agreed to assist handsomely in the admin- istration of the institution was predicted at the annual meeting of the governors on Thursday evening. Col. J. J. Jones, Cefn Coed, presided. The report on the past year's working, sub- imitted by Mr. E. Edwards (secretary) showed an income from all sources of £ 3,504 12s. 2d., and an expenditure of £H,416 13s. 2d., leaving ,-a balance in hand of £ 87 19s. The expenditure, compared with that of the previous year. was a decrease of JC573 14s. 3d., due to the closing ,down of a number of beds during the past twelve per bed now cost months. Maintenance per bed now cost £110 8K. Id. a year, an increase of £1.5 8s. Id. Moving the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mr. B. J. Williams, Mr. William Griffiths (chairman of the Executive Committee) said that the outlook was very cheering, a fact that was attributable in a great measure to a -sweet reasonableness on the part of and modi- fication in views entertained by tthose who met AS a committee at the various consultation -meetings. CHURCHES CRITICISED. His remarks were endorsed by Mr. T. J. Evans, one of the representatives of the Mer- thyr miners, who re-echoed the sentiment as to a bright future being in store for the institu- tion. The workmen, lie explained, had fought for the best terms possible in return for their money and the mutual agreement as to conces- sions now reached would ensure a magnificent income, which would render the hospital such 'that the needs of the borough might be ade- j •qiiately met. He noticed that nothing was being contributed by church congregations. This should not be so; to him it seemed that one of the essential functions of a ehureh or chapel was the performance of Christian charitableness and to assist in such a. matter as this would be to some extent the discharging of that duty. Reminders, he suggested, might be sent around: the various congregations as to this duty to- wards the hospital. Mr. F. T. James, treasurer, regarded the ad- justment as to administration claims between the workmen and 1 he Executive Board fair and "expressed his regret that the institution's de- velopment had been handicapped for so many years for want of funds. To alter the position had been in the hands of the workmen, with whose financial support enormous strides would be made. With co-operation amongst all there was nothing to prevent the si7,0 and scope of the hospital being doubled, and one of the roost urgent post-war needs would be to very much increase the accommodation there. Already the workmen had given extremely satisfactory evi- dence of their intention to tarr v out the deci- sions come to at the recent .conferences, for since January of this year they had paid in contribu- tions £1,298. Mr. W111. Griffiths mentioned in respeet to collections around the ch urches and chapels that that matter- had been discussed by the Executive Baard and he felt assured it would receive every consideration. One member had suggested that a "special Sunday" should be organised for tliat purpose, and probably the idea would be taken up. The report, was later a^pted. h POSITION OF SMALL SOCIETIES. At a subsequent meeting of the court of gov- ernors called tor the purpose of accepting .amendments to the hospital laws so 36 to meet the representation concessions granted the work- men in return for their increa,ged subscriptions, Mr. J. Sullivan, of the Merthyr Vale miners, moved that in the ca-,e of small bodies of workers the qualification to nominate a governor should be reduced from a minimum contribu- tion of (-10 to t5 per annum. Mr. T. J. Evans: I raise a point of order. Is it in order to move a furuhor amendment to the amended laws? Surely notice of motion should be given, and in the same way as notice was given as to these tabulated proposals. The Chairman ruled in favour of Mr. Sullivan who explained lie advocated the reduction because many small societies paying £2 would spring" £ 5 "to get a, governor," whereas the £ 10 standard would place such a nomina- tion out of their reach. His amendment, be added, would merely affect such bodies that could only.subscribe a limit of Y,5, and was not meant to apply to the larger organisations. The amendment, on being put to a vote, was defeated by an overwhelming majority. WERTHYR VALE'S FEARS. Mr. Sullivan pointed out a possible difficulty on the part of the Merthyr Vale miners arising j from the following rule in the amended laws: That 15 representatives -of the workmen be nominated and apportioned by the following bocbes-DowWs Collieries; Dowlais Iron and Steelworks; Qyfarthfa Iron and Steelworks; Cyfarthfa Cbllieries Hills-Plymouth Collieries; Nixons' Merthyr Vale Collieries. These rcpre- i sentatives shall be disqualified a-s members of the Executive Board if and when the particular body of workmen, whom they represent, fail to subscribe annually towards the funds of the hospital, four shillings per man and two shillings per boy (up to the age of- 18)." Under their original scheme, he Mid, the Merthy"r Vale men wore contributing £ 180 to- wards the institution, and under an additional scheme they were paying a penny per man per week for the period of the war and six months afterwards, and that was equally divided be- tween the Merthyr and Cardiff hospitals. What, he feared wa-s they would not be able to reach the 4/- standard required for 'Merthyr although they levied twopence a. week for hospital pur- poses, and from which in addition to Merthyr and Cardiff a large num ber of other charitable institutions benefited. He did not wish the meeting ,o be led astray with the idea that the Merthyr Vale miners could pledge themselves definitely to the 4/- rate of contributions, and ■that being so he wished to know what their position would be in the event of their failure to keep up to that standard They were com- mitted to their present scheme until next March. Mr. J. Williams (Merthyr miners) The moment any body of workmen fails to comply with the conditions, then they are not entitled to the benefits. It is quite plain. Mr..F. T. James added that in such a eon- tingency the Merthyr Vale men's representa- tion on the Executive Board would disappear, but he did not think their rights, so long as there were beds in the hospital, would be ne- gatived. But why raise the matter now? Mer- thyr Vale had made a splendid start, and let -them first see how the scheme worked before discussing difficulties which might not arise. The matter then dropped and the amended •rules were adopted without further variation.

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