August 3 1912
We note that the Guardians appear to be unanimously of opinion that the County Council should provide a sanatorium for this county instead of buying beds at Peamount and sending Louth patients there.
The argumentsin favour of this which we quoted a week or two ago seem to find favour with the Guardians, who are preactical men and know what they are talking about.
The Co Council proposes to pay a whole-time medical officer for the county and to establish observation wards, which will necessitate the appointment of a nursing staff and of one or more servants in addition to the doctor.
there wards are for patients in the early stages and treatment and observation.
Patients requiring a course of treatment are to be sent to Peamount, as at present arranged.
The question is, why not extend the observation wards into sanatoria by adding as many beds as it is proposed to buy in Peamount?
The initial expenditure will not be very much larger than for the observation wards.
The sum of £70 per bed which it is proposed to pay to the Peamount authorities would go a long way to extend the observation wards into a county sanatorium.
So far as the staff is concerned we already have the wholetime medical officer; and he could and should be provided with an assistant, who, of course, would not be a whoeltime officer, but a daily visiting physician.
There is a good deal to be said for the contentions raised by the Guardians.