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» —y-^»=?3Hggg=' WEST WALES SANATORIUM ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. An important meeting of the executive committee of the West Wales Sanatorium was held at Car- marthen on Monday, when Mr. David Davie*, Slf, Lord Kenvon, Mr Gibbins, and Mr. Thomas Jones (secretary for the National Memorial bcheme) at- tended and explained the relationship of the nation- al movement with the Alltmynydd fcanatoriuni. Sir James Druiniiiond, Bart., C.B., llordjjeu^nant of Carmarthenshire), presided over a full attend ance, others present being Sir Charles Picton Castle; Sir Owen bcourheld Bt ^liiam. town; Lieut.-General Sir James HilU-J-ohne, VU G.C.B., Dolaucothi; Miss F- Le*es' B Reddie, Penrallt; Miss Mi Uward, Tenby; Mrs. B. £ nu», Llanfair Grange, Llandovery; Mr. John Lewis, Gwynfrvn, Carmarthen; Mr Me £ >Q Danyrallt; Col. Morns, Ammanford; *lr" Be* flvvvstod Abbot, Pencader; Mr. J. C. Hart or Falcondale; Mr. P. J Wheldon, Bowen-Jones, Carmarthen; Miss Kate Alle • berth; Mrs. Gwynne-Hughes, Tregeyb; Mr. bidney J Rees; Mr Dudley Williams-Drummond and Mrs. Drummond, Hafodneddyn; Major Dowdeswdl stephan; Mr. D. Wilhams Maescanol, Llanygther Mrs Peel, Taliaris, Llandilo; Mr. A. J. Pntcnar c '■ i pmirt- Mr C P- Lewis, Llandovery; Mies Stackpole Court, Mr. > Tenbv; Ethel Jenkins, Penymorfa; Mr. H. J. Alle Dr. Stile, Pembroke; and the feecreta ( P Hl"iSter was read from Dr. Dougl.. Reid. Tenby, who stated that he had very decided views as to the future of the Alltymynycld Sanatonum and its ■ fhft Welsh National Memorial to Edward. Although admitting the advantages o t o idea of the West Wales Sanatorium being part o the Welsh National Memorial, he wished to point f ihflt the Alltvmvnydd Sanatorium was itself "reaftrf" SSl't. the l.«e L.dv Drunmorf without whose self-sacrifice and efforts it would not ^"urs'we-t yr—A as turned into a memorial to nybody else-even one so illustrious as the late King. Smcethe Sanatorium had been established there had been a great im. provement in the habits of the people as those who returned home were the best missionaries. If the Wtorium were handed over to the N.tu.n.1 Memo- rial Committee there would be no reason ♦hat its position would be improved. The ment would be removed from Carmarthen to on Shrewsbury, or Newtown, and Pahentswould prob ably be sent from other district than the three counties He thought that the best course would be to raise'a King Edward VII. Endowment Fund for the benefit of the West Wales Sanatorium, A letter was also read from the Pembroke UOCK Urban Council, in which they stated that the s S" Sanatorium mi5ht well be taken over and considered part of the national scheme. Mr P J. Wheldon said that all they had to con aider was the extent to which the National Mem- orial would affect them and what they were goin ?o Jo to tip it. They had to be proud of what thev had done, inasmuch as they ha given the lead to the whole of Wales m the^mag- nificent crusade against tuberculosis. He had a^ sured the promoters of the national movement tha they in West Wales «r, not by ™*n9 ■warm to the scheme of Mr. Da\id in those three counties had only touched the fringe of what was necessary to stamp out tu^rcul<^Q Thev had onlv provided a home to cure those who were in the initial stage of consumption. The Chairman said he was sure there was no place where the national scheme would receive a more genuine and hearty welcome than in Carmarthe. Lord Kenvon. h.v.ns chained the nat.ona scheme, said that its promoters were aware tha thev in West Wales had a sanatorium which aimed at the verv root of what they were endeavouring to do, but they did not want to have overUnpi. attacks on the same disease. Therefore, they hoped that by some plan they in W est Wales, would join in the National Memorial. They had spent large sums of monev on their institution at Alltymynjdd and the upkeep of it was still a tax upon thorn .but it was not beyond the wit of man to devise some scheme by which they could well take a part in the National Memorial to King Inward, wh'ch apparently the largest of any kind m the Unted Kingdom, at present. The national scheme went further ^han they in West Wales had gone, m so far that they hoped by education and other means to bring home to the people the simpler ways of checking the disease than merely by ^e use of of sanatoria. Education was half the battle in deal- ing with tuberculosis. They were quite wilhng to enter into any business arrangement with the three Counties of Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Pembroke in regard to the Alltvmynydd Sanatorium, bearing in mind that it should be a National Memorial to King Edward. A NATIONAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN. I Mr. David Davies, M.P., outlined the history of the scheme, and added that meetings had been I held in nearly every county in Wales, at each ot which resolutions had been passed in favour of the campaign against consumption. The movement would be developed to what might be called th national health campaign, which would be managed by a permanent body representative oi the various lial bodies in Wales. If a National Memorial had not been proposed they would, no doubt, have a large number of local memorials dotted all over the country. The movement was a wide one, and before they knew the extent of the funds at then disposal it was very difficult to formulate a defi- nite scheme. It was as yet impossible to say how many sanatoria and dispensaries were really to be erected and how much money was to be set apait for purely educational work. Their first objeot was to agree on the general principle of a campaign against the terrible disease, and when they got the necessary funds a committee representative of the country would would formulate proposals, and at- terwards there would be started a memorial associa- tion, which would be put on a permanent footing to carry out the work in future years. So far as the three counties of West Wales were concerned, they recognised that they had taken the first step before the rest of Wales awoke to the essential need of doing anything. They in West Wales took the matter up most energetically, and erected a splen- did sanatorium, which showed an example to the rest of the Principality- After the excellent results of that institution they would only be too anxious to do what they could to assist in the National Mem- orial. Verv little work had been done on the edu- cational side of the question and in providing dis- pensaries, which were most necessary if the work was to be carried on effectively. It was a°10tj that the endowment of the national scheme should be forthcoming, and that they should not have to go cap-in-hand every year to apply funds. If it were a drag on the country it would be very difficult to keep it on a proper footing. They were extremely anxiously trat the whole of Wales should join in the national scheme. (Hear, hear.) It was also generally recognised that the Alltymynydd Sana- torium had certainly a prior claim for special treat- ment from any national fund of that sort, because it the first institution of the Win J in Wales (applause;. They were all wishing for the same ob- ject, and they hoped at that early stage to arrive at an agreement on broad lines with them in West Wales, so that the collection of funds might pro- ceed in those three counties. Until they knew what funds were ai their disposal it would be impossible for them to formulate a definite scheme, but they could feel assured that whatever WAS done the claims of the Alltymynydd Sanatorium would be fully recognised, and that the institution would receive its proper proportion of the funds at their disposal. Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Jolines, V.L., G.C.B. (Dolaucothi), asked if anything had been decided as to the number of Sanatoria to be erected and whether the various counties had been told off in groups? Mr. David Davies replied that the whole question of Sanatoria had been left entirely in abeyance up to the present. They had not endeavoured to formu- late any detailed scheme whatever, because once the question of grouping the counties was considered at the present juncture, complications would at once arise and make it more difficult to carry out the scheme and get the money. Sir Charles Philipps (Picton Castle) asked what proportion of the money subscribed would be de- voted for endowment purposes. Mr. David Davies replied that all they could say at present was that whatever was done would be endowed from the very start, and that they did not intend to go beyond the money available. Lord Kenyon said it was not intended to erect one large building for the whole of Wales. The idea was to bring sanatoria within reach of the people. Sir James Hills-Johnes—Whatever balance is left will be equally divided between all the sanatoria 8s (,:ldowmem? ALLOCATION OF FUNDS. Mr. David Davies said that, supposing the sum of collected, they hoped to allocate a certain amount for educational work, a certain amount for dispensaries, and a certain amount for sanatoria and for institutions like open-air schools. The money would he spent equaHy throughout Wales, and all would come out from endowment. They hoped to get from companies, Trade Unions, Friendly Societies, and Corporations, annual sub- scriptions towards the maintenance of a certain number of beds for their members. Mr. Gibbins said that whatever sum would be raised it would be the finality, and the committee would close the fund. It would not be a question of going round for money annually and holding bazaars and such things (hear, hear). The promoters were now only acting as collectors, and as persons trying to stir the people to take an interest in the move- ment. Ultimately it would be for medical men and I experts to say how the money could be best used for the benefit of the Principality. Sir Charles Philipps asked if the valde of the Alltvmvnvdd Sanatorium would be considered as a general contribution to the national fund, and if the -ene o I three counties of West Wales would be credited with it? Lord Kenyon said that any gift given would be credited to the full. Mr. J. C. Harford (Lampeter) said he did not think there was a single person in the three counties who was not willing to join in the national move- ment. The Chairman asked the deputation if they could tell them straight whether they intended to endow the Alltymynydd Sanatorium to the best of their ability. He for one was looking forward to the time when they would not have to hold bazaars for the benefit of the Sanatorium, or even be called upon to contribute their annual subscriptions. He felt confident that the Carmarthenshire County Council, which had so loyally supported them, would le continue their generous subscription of JB150 for two beds. They would do all in their power to help the national scheme. Putting aside the question of the sanatorium, they, as loyal Welshmen, looked upon the matter as a King Edward Memorial. The least thing they could do was to meet Mr. David Davies, who had so generously supported them at Alitymynydd (applause). All of them were most deeply grateful to Mr. Davies for his most generous subscription, which was most welcome at a time when they were in great distress. When it was a question whether they could carry through the project of the Alltymynydd Sanatorium, Mr. Davies came to their rescue. He hoped to call a county meeting in January, and Earl Cawdor intended call- ing a meeting in Pembrokeshire, whilst a meeting was held in Cardiganshire that day. Replying to questions, Mr. David Davies stated that the medical men who had been consulted were very strongly in favour of the educational and pre- ventive sidi of the question. They stated that sanatoria must be part of the scheme, but that the other part -of the scheme was quite as important. That was the reason they started a travelling ex- hibition. It was very difficult to group the counties at that stage. The Chairman-Would you be able to help us by taking patients when we have no beds vacant at Alltymynydd? Would you be able to supply beds to those patients in the other sanatoria? Mr. David Davies stated that the general feeling was that the sanatoria, when erected, shoUÙ not be confined to any particular county, bur, as patients came in from any part of Wales, they should be sent to "any sanatorium, and that there should be interchanging between the counties. The institu- tions would be controlled by local committees on the spot, with one central office. Dr. Basil Adams, medical superintendent of Allty- mynydd Sanatorium, stated that the death-rate in Cardiganshire was higher than any part of Great Britain, and, consequently, they had to fight harder in West Wales. Mr. Davies's scheme was much wider than theirs in West Wales. They had started in the middle of the stick as it were, instead of at the beginning. They had done nothing on the broader lines against tuberculosis. The scheme was not a new one, for it had been in vogue in Edin- burgh for years. He had inspected their colonies and dispensaries in Edinburgh, and they were miles beyond them in Wales. In Edinburgh they kttaclLed the greatest importance to dispensaries, without which they contended sanatoria could not do its work. He would live to see a dispensary established in every town. The Edinburgh dispensary was opened in 1887 and was doing excellent work, and he hoped the death-rate in Wales wculd be dimi- nished in a corresponding manner to that of Edin- burgh. Asked as to what was meant by dispensary, Dr. Adams explained that it was a central building where people in the neighbourhood suffering from con- sumption could attend and get free advice, and possibly treatment as well. An officer would be in charge who was more or less an expert. The appalling ignorance of the patients at the sanatorium showed that they did not know the rudiments of the treatment, and if he refused to teach them they would go home and infect other people. At the dispensary, people would be taught how to look after themselves at home. Dr. Bowen-Jones (Carmarthen) said they were tackling the most important social question of the day. It was the most prevalent disease, and was hundreds of years old B.C. He most strongly urged them to support the national scheme, because they in West Wales had only touched the fringe of the question. He hoped the scheme would be the means of stamping out the disease, the same as had been done with typhus and small-pox. When lie was a child, typhus vas very prevalent, but they did not see it to-day. He hailed the national scheme with the greatest delight. He hoped Mr. David Davies's name would go down to posterity in the same way as the name of John Howard did. Rev. A. Fuller Mills said that all they wanted was an assurance that they would not be left out in the cold. As chairman of the Carmarthenshire County Council he assured them there would be no difficulty in getting the support of that body. At first there was considerabie amount of prejudice at the Board of Guardians, but now there was a ripening of opinion all round in favour of sanatoria. On the motion of Sir Charles Philipps, seconded by Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C., G.C.B., a resolu- tion was unanimously passed expressing the meet- ing's pleasure at hearing the interesting statements of the deputation, and pledging itself to do its utmost to support the National Memorial to King Edward VII. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the deputa- tion and the chairman.









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