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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVII 5 LETHBRIDQE. DECEMBER 1973 84 Pages 15 Cents Early winter beauty Mist rising from the Oldman River touches creating a delicate filigree in the afternoon sun. The frost patterns will probably melt away as temperatures are expected to reach the 30's and low 40's tonight and Sunday as a low pressure system moves in from the coast. A little snow is also forecast by the government weather office. BILL GROENEN photo Two hospitals emergency wards being By STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer If of emergency facilities at the two Lethbridge hospitals it will place at risk the lives of emergency heart attack or traffic accident vic- tims. a joint statement from the hospitals says. The released Friday at a news says too many persons are using the emergency departments for minor ailments that could be handled by an appointment with a physician. Dr. Ron chief of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital's department of general said about 31 cases a day are handled by the emergency department at the LMH. Usually about 80 per cent of these are non- emergency he said. The emergency statistics would probably be higher lor St. Michael's LMH administrator A. A. Andreachuck added. Also about 50 per cent of the non-emergency cases were people who had not- previously contacted a physician. Dr. Bennett said. the policy drafted by both hospital staff urged people to contact a doctor or his deputy rather than heading for the emergency department. all when a true emergency arises and you are unable to contact a doctor have no time to do head for the emergency department in the confidence the staff will do there utmost to assist you. and a medical emergency involves a condi- tion which is either life threatening to the or can be expected to result in severe complications if left un- the statement says. The emergency departments are not large enough in space or staff to cope with anything other than real emergencies. Dr. Bennett added the emergency departments are very costly to the taxpayer. Emergency services are much more costly than equivalent services in a doctor's office. it is a waste of a physicians time to come down to the hospital to treat non-emergency he said. The emergency department has a doctor on call at all times for patients requiring treatment who either have no doctor of their own or whose doctor cannot be located. people equate the situation here with what is done in larger centres and this can't be done there are no interns here and staff is Dr. Bennett added. The situation in the emergency department has been under study for about two years. Recently signs were put up in the hospitals pointing out it is the responsibility of a patient to contact his own doctor for anything other than a true emergency. It is up to the nurse in emergency to assess what is an emergency and point out the sign. However we are inclined to give the patients a he added. More shocks for Britons LONDON The government faced a new con- frontation with Britain's biggest trade union today as the country calmly digested the gravity of the ever- worsening energy and in- dustrial crisis. Leaders of the 1.4-million- member Amalgamated Union o'f Engineering Workers decided Friday to press for a work slowdown in support of a pay increase. They also demanded the convening of a special session of the Trades Union Congress which groups all un- in order to bring the en- tire movement into conflict with the government over its anti-inflation policies. On Thursday. Prime Minister Edward Heath an- nounced that British industry will go on a three-day work week in order to conserve dwindling fuel supplies. Government policy on holding down wage increases suffered another setback Fri- day when it was announced that domestic inflation hit an annual rate of 10.3 per cent 9 Hat work stoppage disrupts rail service A regularly-scheduled freight train to Medicine Hat did not leave Lethbridge Fri- day night after 86 trainmen and conductors in Medicine Hat booked off sick Friday morning and stayed out all day. Lethbridge CPR supervisor Bill Daniel said this morning the resumption of normal rail service to Eastern Canadian points depends on the outcome of a study session today. CPR runs one freight train out of Lethbridge every.night. It was the only train service disrupted by the Medicine Hat work stoppage. The men did not report back to work after a study session early Friday and the railway was rerouting freight trains around Medicine Hat. The study session was call- ed by local 460 of the United Transportation Union to dis- cuss an interpretation of rules which led to the dismissal of an engineer and brakeman. the demotion of a conductor to a freight train brakeman and demerit marks for another brakeman. Jim McLeod. un- ion chairman said Friday. The disciplinary action was taken as a result of a rear-end collision last which involved a work train seven miles southeast of Medicine Hat. a CPR spokesman said. last highest for almost 2'2 years. The .figures also revealed that food prices have increas- ed by 18.8 per cent in the last year and that the cost-of- living index has risen by 46.2 per cent since June. 1970. Getty boy ROME Paul give me a the young man said. they've cut off an Police said those were the first words muttered by J. Paul Getty III. the 17-year-old grandson of the American oil after he was found early today in southern Italy. The who dis- appeared in Rome the night of July 9. told authorities that kidnappers released him three hours earlier after five months of captivity. Italian newspapers have been saying that the Getty family paid million earlier this week for the boy's release. The kidnappers at one time are reported to have been demanding million. The family has not confirmed paying the ransom. His physiciai condition is weak..but he's said a spokesman for the national police. right ear is mis- and he is very run down Mideast talks to be delayed Syria United States officials said today for the first time that .the opening of the Arab-Israeli peace conference in Geneva may be delayed day or so. Flying here with State Secretary Henry they said the details for getting the conference under way probably will be completed while Kissinger is in Israel. The globetrotting secretary is due to Tel Aviv late Sunday. But the U.S. officials who have expected the talks to begin Tuesday now say there may be a without saying why. They continue to express strong Energy work not finished issues such as the prisoner question. Abba Eban. the Israeli for- eign has said Israel will attend the Geneva talks but will not deal with Syria un- less the Syrians first turn over a list of the Israeli prisoners. that the conference will take place. Kissinger wants to talk to Syrian leaders about 120 Israeli war prisoners captured in the October war or the 1967 war. The prisoners may be behind the fears of delay. A Syrian official had warned in advance that Syria is inter- ested primarily in .hearing about an Israeli withdrawal from occupied- Arab land and that the trip would be a waste of time if Kissinger brings up EDMONTON The Alberta government ended three months of intensive work Friday to give itself sweeping new powers to control energy but Premier Peter Lougheed says he still afford the luxury of be- ing SYRIA SEEKS DEAL Syria has refused to release the prisoners except as part of a deal including Israeli with- drawal from occupied Syrian territory. A conference in which the Israelis snubbed which with Egypt was a major Arab combatant in the October war. would be undermined from the beginning. Kissinger arrived here on the fourth leg of his Mideast peace mission shortly after Syrian and Israeli forces were reported engaged in another clash on the Golan Heights front line. Strict security measures were enforced for the first visit to Svria bv a U.S. state The .premier was speaking after Ll.-Gov. Grant MacEwan gave royal assent to bills that provide the cabinet with unprecedented power to set prices for most crude oil. buy and sell it and fix new tax rates for it. The who earlier predicted a renewed fight with Ottawa over said now it is matter of filling up the briefcase and going to Speaking to reporters following the proroguation of the the premier outlined the main tasks for the government in the next months which he believes will be vital for the future of secretary for 20 years. Abdel-Halim Khaddam. deputy premier and foreign greeted the U.S. en- voy and drove with him the 15 miles into Damascus for a for- mal luncheon which was to be followed by talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Plain-clothes security men lined the street leading to the presidential offices where possibly the toughest encounter of Kissinger's seven-country are to lake place. Shortly before Kissinger ar- rived from Saudi a Syrian military spokesman announced a new clash on the Golan Heights the fifth this week. of new roy- alty form of tax on the oil and gas industry in Alberta. Legislation passed Friday gives the cabinet the right to set the rates at whatever level it wishes. of ad- ministrative machinery for the province's new marketing approved which will buy and sell 85 per cent of Alberta oil and set a price for it. Preparation for the national energy conference in January where the premier expects to face a showdown with the leaders of the Eastern oil-consuming provinces. decision on whether to proclaim a passed which would give the public utilities board the right to fix wholesale prices for propane in Alberta. The government has said it will noi use the bill if propane which have doubled in about a are rolled back voluntarily by the industry. on already-delayed plans for the 1974 ex- pected to be swelled by the ad- dition of hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue resulting from higher prices tor oil and gas. Canadians given air-support role Seen and heard About town A PPREHENSIVE Jock Mulgrew saying sure could use another before blowing a reading of 150 milligrams .on the breathalyzer during mock tests taken on five members of the media at the RCMP station. CAIRO Canada's peacekeeping troops here are ecstatic after receiving word from New York that they have been assigned the highly- prized air-support role for the whole United Nations Emergency Force in the Mid- dle East. Final details of the task were hammered out here ear- ly today by Lt.-Col. Don Payne 'of chief air staff officer for the UN force. Agreement in principle on Canada's standing offer to provide the airlift capacity was reached in New York earlier this week but arrangements for putting the plan .into operation had to be worked out by officers in Cairo. Initially. Canada will send about 60 personnel and three Buffalo aircraft early in January to fly supplies to contingents serv- ing with the UN force in both Israel and Egypt. Arabs seek new ties COPENHAGEN An Arab delegation has told Common Market leaders that the Arab world would like a new and fuller relationship with Western Foreign Minister Michel Jobert of France said today. Jobert made the statement in reporting on a meeting late Friday night. Inside 'Would it help if I got a Classified....... 28-31 Comics............22 Comment........ 4. 5 District............19 Local News 17. 18 26 Religion....... 10. II Sports...... 13. 16 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUN. CHINOOK WINDS Cup of milk is filling Put a smile on these faces 1 your donation will buy milk for them It won't be too long and we'll be half way The Cup of Milk has today. We're sweeping on toward the goal. The people are having their They're going to send 1.3 carloads of powdered skim milk to the hungry children of Bangladesh. Yes. the Unitarian Service Committee has thousands of friends in Southern Alberta and southerneastern B.C. People like the Hutterville Hutterian brethren of Magrath. Thanks a million. You generosity is in the true spirit of Christmas. Spirit of Everyone has it this it seems. Thank you. Enid Dudley of Magrath. Cindy Carter of Lelhbridge. Raju and Seema Dial of Shirley Beach. Steve Rakocy and G.H. Ridge way. all of the city. It's wonderful to hear from m.ir readers. Those and donations are really pouring in to the Cup of Milk' They add up. And look what 33 cupfuls of Canada's We're proud of you. You are showing the way. You're go- ing to deliver 660.000 cups of Alberta milk to Bangladesh children. Sn thank you. Mrs. Edith Turnbull of the Golden Acres Lodge. Your together with the gift from Richard Wilson of will buy a set of light agricultural tools for Viet- namese farmers returning to their mountain villages with their families. David Forry of Lethbridge and the Hans Raash family of Magralh joined hands to supp- ly another set of tools to Viet- namese farmers. Just look what Art's Cattleliner Service of Fort Macleod did. That hundred bucks from the good Fort Macleod frim will allow a graduate of the Lesotho Youth Service to buy tools and equip- ment for teaching and self- help programs in his village of origin. That's where your Cup of Milk gifts go. They go to help children. Give what you can. Every penny boosts the total. Little kids. Children loved by their just the way we love but children whose only hope is in a far dis- tant place called Canada. Let's face it. We've got it pretty darn good. We don't have to line up for-a cup of milk. They do. day after week after week and month after month. That's life in a refugee camp. Let's push on to our goal. Write Cup of Milk. Lethbridge Herald. list of cMtributors see Page ;