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Control over tuberculosis in W.A.



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PRESS STATEMENT BY DR. THE HON. D.A. CAMERON, O.B.E. , M.P., COMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA, 30th SEPTEMBER,1939.

Dr. Cameron, Commonwealth Minister for Health,

said in Canberra to-day that, because of the effectiveness

of the control over tuberculosis in Western Australia, it

had been found that some beds in Perth Chest Hospital were

no longer required for the diagnosis or treatment of ■

sufferers from that disease.

He had accordingly given his approval for the

admission of a number of non-tuberculous patients to this

Hospital, which had been provided at the expense of the

Commonwealth Government in accordance·with the joint

Commonwealth and State agreement which aimed at the eventual

eradication of the disease.

The fact that the beds would not always be

required for tuberculous patients had been taken into

account when planning and siting new chest hospitals in the

various States.

' . If the demand for beds for tuberculous patients

continued t.o recede, still further beds at the Perth Chest

Hospital would be released.

Dr.' Cameron said that the State Minister for

Health, the Hon. Ross Hutchinson, M.L.A., and the officers

of his Department were to be warmly congratulated on the

high standards attained in Western Australia in the control

of this formidable infectious disease.