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Wednesday, 9 November 1938

Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) d asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the matron and several sisters and members of the training staff of the Canberra Community Hospital recently resigned?

2.   If so, how many of the trained staff in addition to the matron have resigned since the 1st September, 1938?

3.   Has the vacancy for matron been filled: if so, were applications called, and. if not. why not ?

4.   Has any inquiry been instituted to ascertain the reason for these wholesale resignat ions ?

Mr Archie Cameron - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Nine.

3.   Yes. Applications were not called - the lady who has previously given great satisfaction as sub-matron at the hospital was offered and accepted the position.

4.   No. The Hospital Board has authority in respect of the hospital staff and no circum- stances appeared in connexion with these resignations suggesting an inquiry.

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