GeorgeP. Forrester
1911 The Lancet  
1030 committee. The medical committee consists of all the members of the honorary staff, 23 in number, and meets regularly once a month to discuss any matters relating to the treatment and well-being of the patients, the diet sheets, surgical instruments, the sanitary state of the wards, the consideration of cases which have been over three months in the hospital, and all questions relating to the teaching of students. At the January meeting each year the medical committee elects by ballot four
more » ... ects by ballot four of its members to represent them on the board of management. As a rule-and it ought to be a rule-two of the elected members should be physicians and two should be surgeons, one of the four, however, being from time to time chosen from the honorary officers in charge of special departments, such as those of gynaecology, eye or ear diseases; and, as a rule-and again it ought to be a rule-no member should serve as a representative for more than two years in succession, for it is most important that no one member of the staff should obtain an undue influence on the board. These four elected members now become full members for the year of the board of management and are summoned by the general superintendent and secretary of the infirmary to all meetings of the house committee and the board of management and can take part in all discussions on any subject and can vote. As a matter of fact, they do not interfere as a rule with any subject with which they have no concern, such as finance, &c., to which I have already alluded as being purely lay in nature. They are there more to explain and, if necessary, to advise on points which I think all the members present would consider to be proper for them to deal with, and I do not know of any case in which the explanation or the advice has been resented. As I have said, this system has worked in the most perfect
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