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The credit belongs to the Committee of .the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, of havino- "detected and initiated action in re- card to a claus.e in a Bill to amend and ex- tend the Truck Act, 1331-1896. which, if permitted to become operative, would crip- pie hospitals and infirmaries drawing their revenues largely from the contributions of workmen. The clause prohibits the em- ployer from making any deduction from wages in respect of any subscription or pay- .ment to any benefit society, sick club, hospi- tal, or any other society, club or benefit, cr for medical attendance. The usage in West W;1PS. as ;i-i most other industrial areas, is to obtain the consent of the employes of a company or firm to a deduchon of a penny or ?me pence in the £ beŒg m.de and the total sum thus deducted to be pald oyer to hospital (or other fund by which the work- men benefit. If this practice were made ille.g,al and re- placed by a system of collecting weekly or monthly from each individual, the result would be disastrous to the hospitals, for the ill different and the thoughtless would allow the whole burden to fall on the shoulders of the willing, and the ultimate sufferers would b¿, the workmen themselves, from whose ranks the overwhelming majoritv of the patients are drawn. Swansea Hospital Man- agement hRssignified its readiness to help in any concerted action taken to have the ob- jectionable clause deleted, and there is little doubt that other hospital authorities will take the same course once they realise the probable effect of such a clause. It is expected that tenders for the con- struction of the new Joint Asylum at Swan- sea will be in ha,nd in a month's tune, and am actual start made with the work either April or June. The spreedy pio\i^ion ot shelter for the poor patientjs near the homes of their ia.milies and friends will be greatly welcomed by the btter, to whom the distri- bution of the afflicted over Welch and Eng- lish asylums constitutes a decided hardship, since visits can rareiv if eve* be made to them. N-,l' could the existing arrangement, at the best of a makeshift character, M long tolerated. G that the obi'fiction to properly house the ZOO or 400 mental SufIir'E\rS from Swansea and about half as many irom ( Merthvr was not one that permitted of more than te.mpou.'ary evasion, On the other hand, it is not easy to fore- [ cast the actual Effx-t of the ohinge when completed. The' covt of the bnildibsrs. and the <H.u;]ra*«t ci n(,t, short ot it five «gOTef'is not evca exceeded. Fortunately, so fnr as Swansea ? concerned. bhe s?m of ??.5"'0— the price paid for brvin? out the borough's interest in the Tusti^'tioji wbeoi t.he litter was taiVrp oYr exclusively for G L- ro, Cr e&ll on deposit for vcara, and must bv tlti, time, by reasoning j of accruing interr-st, b^nme considerably mnre. This will be ava ilable as a propor- ticon of 's contribution to the capital outlay T1wn once completed, and the T,?M.?i.t\- f<?- ranr* for the ?.?om?od?on ?f t'? r"'t!?t? ???-hM'e di?n?e?.-?. the pr-in? wiTl '? p-3tt!c?nv t??d wh?t.h?r the pf-.illt w,ll ,e of tbp o?m?' "ut- lay and the mainWMUiee expenses w-M to a substantial degree exceed the prese t maintenance of the patients. The prohabiUtv is that t-hey will. and to an ex- tent not -adeouatel v compensated by any indirect financial advan.a.'T'eis derived from the proximity of the asvlum to the town. But the change was absolutely rni^rvoid- *Jjl,e. n.rvl all that the two authorities con- cerned could do was to Tr.I<e is Th is they achieved bv coopera- tion. which lias wvwd both Swansea aiid Mertbvr many thousands of pounds in capital oi'tHy. and hundred# a vewr in m.a.in- tieiiauoe '')n. The ft nl,iv he noted that t-h?, Joint Committee, const,i< u^ of lew jwutat.i ves of the two mumoiryihtieE, has hern &H« to carrv out ita work plefls- aait\jr and with an enti re absence of friction. —————— ——————

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