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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wldnxday, March 28, 1973 THE IFTHMIDGE HRAlft_ Crippling Mow to institutions London hospital -shows strike consequences By KEVIN BOYLE LONDON (CP) The nau- seating stench of vomit and rot- ling vegetables permeates the usually immaculate halls of London's St. Jatms' Hospital. Black plastic bags, spilling used dressings, line the en- trances to. the wards. Cigarette butts carpal the floor outside the maternity room. Twelve-foot high mounds of filthy, rank garbage rise from a small lennis court beside the hospital, piled there by doctors, nurses and administrators. A chaplain carries buckets of hu- man waste to a disposal area. St. James' is one of nearly So plans 'or hearing aid sales Large haul Terming their find a "lucky shot" Montreal police constables Robert Arleau (left ond Robert Reiter pose with part of a 150-pound haul of Marijuana they found in a ca early Tuesday during a routine check. _______________ EDMONTON (CP) The trovincial government -has no to provide direct sales nd service of hearing aids tc Alberta residents, health min ster Neil Crawford has told th egislature. Mr. Crawford was replying t Doug Miller War who suggested costs ar aa high. The minister said the govern ment is aware of some pa failures in providing and se vicing hearing aids but improv ment has been made an more is anticipated. He said he could not estima whether the price of hear! aids is too high EDO hospitals in Britain suffer-] ing tiie disastrous consequences of a crippling series of work stoppages by the country's 000 medical ancillary' workers, including porters, orderlies, cleaners, mortuary technicians and surgery assistants. Strikes in Britain are a recur- jit feature of national life, nerally accepted by the pub- and usually exaggerated in iportance by foreigners. But hospital strike is different. The protesting workers, de- anding an increase of less an a week, receive the jysm ally-low average waga of joiit weakly for men and 9.50 for women. But more alarming is the fact at tliis industrial dispute has sen held responhible for at ast two deaths since it began larch 1. Doctors fear six other eaths may have been caused [directly by the which n many cases, prevents treat rant of all but the most sevei ases. A spokesman for the South Vest Metropolitan Hospita says cue man sent ham rom St. James' in an effort t educe the number of occupie Deds to 200 from 500, is likely t ose a leg because of not receiv ng proper treatment. Dr. Bonald Gordon, chairma of the Hospitals Group medica advisory committee in She field, says a man, whom won't identify, died after bein sent home from a hospiU here he was to have under- one major surgery. The unions dispute his claim, that workers would ive been available if the man ad been declared sn emer- ency case. ELAY POSSIBLE What constitutes an cmer- ency is determined at the local ivef by hospital administrators nd union officials. But in cases f dispute, the matter has to go hrcugli the lengthy process of >eing submitted to the union's ational executive for a decl on. Dr. Desmond Devane of York old a coroner's inquest last veek that Mrs. Mabel Bundy of iTork had died in a diabetic oma because he couldn't get admitted to a strike-hit hos- At Wigan Infirmary in Lanca- shire, Dr. Philip'Silver says one ot his cancer patients died be- cause he could not be admilte< to hospital for immediate and extensive treatment. His state ment lias been questioned bj many officials, however. Meanwhile, the Conservativ government of Prime Ministe Heath continues its refusal t set up a special inquiry into Ih hospital workers case. Heath argues that under th second phase of the goverr ment's prices and incomes co trols, the unions will be able press their arguments before special "pay board" when it set up in the next week or so. The controls allow increases only a week plus four ser cent of last year's average alaries. The government has fered the hospital employees at increases of or a raise f for men and for 'omen. Picket lines around hospitals ave been relatively quiet al- lough two strikers were ar- csted last week alter they tried o block a shipment of oxygen oing inio entre. a lung-treatment In at least two cases, the hos- ital workers have returned to heir jobs to deal with cmer- encies. Most of the extra work falls o harried nursing staffs. They mop floors, clean toilets, re- move waste food, do some of he laundry and wheel bodies nto mortuaries. BACK STRIKERS Surprisingly, most of them are ardent supporters of the an ciliary workers claims. The nurses are themselves Jireatening strike action unless their claim for a 40-per-cent-a- week increase is met quickly. disgusting the way these people are said one stun- ningly-attractive nurse at St. James', "they had r.o 'choice but to strike because no one would listen to them otherwise. "I have a friend who was a top operating-room technician in Amersham Buckingham- shire. He was earning a week Last week he quit and took a job looking after people's pets in a kennel in Sur- rey. Now lie earns week." One of the gravest problems 'acing the hospitals is how to jeep clean linen and bedclothes available. At St. Bartholem- lew's in London, the chief sec- retary, carries hoiled bed cloth- ing out to a laundry in the trunk ol his car. Most institutions now are us- ing disposable paper sheets and pillow cases as an emergency maasure but even these are considered unsatisfactory and uncomfortable. Mrs. Mary Hartley, whoso five-year-old daughter, Mich- elle, died of an incurable liver disease, said recently the child suffered cruslly in her last hours from the irritation and lack of warmth afforded by the paper sheets. Many of the hospital adminis- trators, themselves, feel the un- ions have a good case for ar- juing that they be al- lowed an unusual wage in- FRAME STYLES FROM AROUND-THE- WORLD Have you read our best seller? 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