Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We believe that, given a certain amount of organisation, these disparities should disappear. It is more economical and more advantageous to the sick to concentrate treatment in a large hospital than to provide on individual gardens a series of smaller institutions. For A group of plantations there are great advantages in having a large centrally situated hospital of the type we saw in the Labac district of the Surma Valley, which serves a group of 18 gardens under different managements. This hospital has a nursing staff, separate wards for men. and for women and children, an infectious diseases block, an operating theatre and a central store for the issue of supplies to the outlying dispensaries. These dispensaries deal with all sick persons in the first place, but the organisation provides for the speedy transfer to the hospital of all serious cases Attached to the hospital is a laboratory where all routine laboratory examinations are made under the guidance and control of the chief Medical officer, whose residence is in close proximity to the hospital. There are many features in this scheme which we believe arc capable of adoption elsewhere. Similar organisations have also proved successful is the Anamalais plantations.