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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

Health Scheme

Health Scheme

The Chairman introduced Dr. Hubert Smith to the Conference and asked him to make some observations on the scheme.

Dr. Smith read a detailed statement on the voluntary scheme that was introduced in Victoria in 1944, in the course of which he gave details of the disappointing response from students. This, he said, led him to the conclusion that a voluntary scheme was not worthwhile, and that to justify the time and money involved a compulsory medical examination would have to be introduced, if the project were to succeed. Dr. Smith gave comprehensive details of the staff and equipment needed to operate a health scheme and pointed out that it was not sufficient just to examine students, without allowing time to give detailed advice, where necessary. He concluded by stating his view that the Social Security Fund would not cover the scheme, and warning delegates of the danger of interfering with private practitioners.

After a long discussion, the proposal for a compulsory National Students' Health Scheme was approved, although AUC, in a most unusual volte face, opposed the scheme because it does not provide for compulsory follow-up treatment. The only compulsory treatment will be that provided for by law in cases of notifiable diseases. The details of the schemes put into operation in the colleges will be worked out locally, with NZUSA as the co-ordinating body.