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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Regionalization of hospital boards a must Virtue CHARLES VIRTUE By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer There are too many local boards governing health care and more facilities should be under the control of one board, a local member of the Alberta Hospital Services Commission said here Thursday Charles Virtue, a "lay member" of the com- mission, said Alberta cannot have every building under a separate autonomous board and that "regionalization" in hospitals is a "must" in the province Mr Virtue, speaking to the quarterly meeting of the regional hospitals' association, said more buildings must be brought under one group's control "Regionalization is the only way you can have a maintenance of local input You cannot have each building totally autonomous because each board is in competition "And everyone is pretty well convinced you can't have a good health system on that he said Mr Virtue said there should be a "coming together" of various boards and services to provide a better health care delivery system "In a large area it doesn't seem sensible to have a bunch of local boards in competition For instance, the Royal Alexandra and the University Hospitals in Edmonton "fought against each other" to get a perinatal intensive care unit in their hospitals "If there was one body (board) they could get it, instead of everyone fighting for what building it goes in "They had pressure and lobby groups and all sorts of things Mr Virtue told the regional hospital ad- ministrators and trustees that regionalizetion, which the rural hospitals are generally against, is a necessity to bring local boards under a single umbrella "There must be a coming together and if this means a loss of autonomy this is the price we will have to pay But there has to be local he said Mr Virtue also said a concern of his, as a member of the commission, is a loss of local hospital autonomy There has been a transfer of local autonomy from local board to the AHSC "Some of the commissioners don't seem to realize boards are autonomous but Larry Wilson (commissioner of hospitals) and Runo Berglund (commissioner of finance) are strong advocates of local autonomy "But I can't see how we can have an autonomous board for every he said Mr Virtue said he was generally impressed with the operations of the three-year-old commission and that it has been a "responsive agency The former hospital trustee and president of the Alberta Hospital Association added the commission has gradually oeen changing hospital care policies although they do not "have any master plan for the province Their main concern has been with finding alter- natives to hospital treatment, such as home care, he said The LetHbrtdae Herald VOL LXVII 161 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 1974 28 Pages 10 Cents Enough water now Cooler weather and co-operation from city residents has eased the city's tight water supply situation, city sewer and water engineer Irv Eraser said today Mr Fraser said demand on the city's water treat- ment plant was down about four million gallons Thurs- day from the 15 to 16 million gallon daily peaks reach- ed earlier this week And the muddy runoff conditions in the Oldman River, which reduced plant efficiency appear to be easing off too, he says "The river is dropping about an inch a day and the turbidity is down from about 500 parts per million to Mr Fraser said "If lawn watering is done in moderation I don't think we'll have any he said Wilson suffers i third defeat in three days LONDON (CP) The minority Labor government lost another vote in the House of Commons today, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Harold Wilson to call an elec- tion It was the government's third defeat in Parliament in three days Today s vote was on a gov- ernment amendment reducing the financial scope of a lotteries scheme proposed in a private member's bill The Labor party was out- voted 49 to 41 Commons ses- sion on Friday is devoted to bills proposed by backbench MPs and are normally sparse- ly attended But the .govern- ment is expected to keep enough supporters on hand to prevent being defeated Some party leaders were re- ported urging him to call an election as soon as possible Wilson was believed to favor postponing an election until the fall An election would be Britain's second this year Wilson came to power m the Feb 28 general election However, some observers said Wilson may seek a vote of confidence in the House He said following the February election he would call a new election if his government lost a vote of confidence The Labor government's second defeat came Thursday night when Conservatives, Liberals, Northern Ireland MPs and Scottish Nationalists joined forces to defeat Labor plans for increased nationalization of industry by a 311-to-290 vote A government proposal to give a tax rebate to unions was defeated 308 to 299 Wednesday night Former Nixon aide gets three years WASHINGTON (AP) Charles Colson once one of President Nixon's highest- ranking advisers was sentenc- ed today to serve one to three years in prison for obstructing justice U S District Judge Gerhard Gesell also imposed a fine Maximum penalty on the charge would have been five years in prison and a 000 fine 4 For 3'z years I worked day and night I believed I was making a great personal sacrifice for my country." Colson said before sentencing He said he had been "an ar- rogant self-assured man in the ruthless exercise of power Colson was convicted of ob- struction of justice in the trial of Pentagon papers defendant Daniel EHsberg Ellsberg was accused by the U S government of leaking the then top-secret papers out- lining the U S role in the In- jorhma war to the press In the courtroom dunng the sentencing were Colson "s wife Patncia. and members of the prayer group he joined after his recent religious conversion Stolen goods Const Bill Plomp of the Lethbridge Police checks over about worth of stolen stereo equip- ment and tapes after cracking Thursday what police allege to be a juvenile theft ring. Eight juveniles, aged 14 and 15, will be charged in con- nection with the thefts and will appear in juvenile court Police estimate this is only about a quarter of all the tapes and equip- ment stolen in the last months Meat plant workers willing to bargain Locked-out Alberta packing house workers have offered to bargain with the three major meat packers to reach an agreement separately from the other locals a union spokesman said today Norm Leclaire business representative for Local 740 of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers, told The Herald in a telephone interview from Edmonton the move had been authorized at a union meeting in Winnipeg this week It had been put to Burns Foods Ltd Swift Canadian Co Ltd and Canada Packers Ltd through Alberta Labor Minister Bert Hohol he said "We are waiting for the reply We're prepared to bargain said Mr Leclaire Aussies deny dumping Seen and heard About town Absentminded Anne Gibson" arriving at work wearing a different colored shoe on each foot Tim Joblonkav taking a bath in a plastic dishpan CANBERRA (Reuter) Australian meat industry spokesmen have denied claims that they are dumping beef on the United States market They were responding to an announcement today that the U S government will seek vol- untary restraints on Australian beef exports Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz has sent a special emis- sary to Australia to explain the decision and seek co- operation Australian industry spokes- men said Australian beef ex- ports to Ihe U S this year are already expected to be down about 50.000 tons from last v ear's total of 320.000 tons PM made announcement policy SHERBROOKE Prime Minister Trudeau accepted re- sponsibility Thursday for an order that government depart- ments submit their announce- ments during the election campaign to the Liberal cam- paign co-chairman for approval "I make no apologies at all for it." he said at a press con- ference here The pnme minister stressed that a memorandum giving Ihe order was sent to ministerial executive assistants and not to civil ser- vants He said if the order had gone to deputy ministers or public servants that would have been "reprehensible However the memo, written bv Mr Trudeau's legislative assistant, Joyce Fairbairn. did get into the hands of the public service and some civil servant leaked it to the press earlier this week There are few cabinet ministers in Ot- tawa at present since they are all out campaigning, and public announcements would naturally emmate from public servants in the departments concerned The memo instructed the executive assistant lo make sure that departmental an- nouncements are submitted to Senator Keith chairman, with Transport Minister Jean Marchand, of the Liberal election cam- approval so that they can be co-ordinated The controversial memo was one of the first questions at the press conference, the fourth Mr Trudeau has given since the campaign has began and the first in two weeks Aides said the hurriedly called meeting with the press was designed so that the pnme minister could 'get in iowh "again It was the second time