May 19, 1928


Author Affiliations

Trenton, N. J. Medical Director, Department Institutions and Agencies.

JAMA. 1928;90(20):1650. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690470056032

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To the Editor:  —Your readers may be interested in a recent development in New Jersey relating to private hospitals and nursing homes. Throughout the country such agencies are, for the most part, as you are aware, without inspection and supervision by public authorities and in many instances the credulous public pays large fees for inadequate service. In some instances, the type of work done in these institutions has been unethical. New Jersey has had a law providing for the inspection and licensing of nursing homes, but the act gave no adequate powers to the department of institutions and agencies controlling unethical or inadequately equipped and administered institutions of this sort, nor did the law appear to reach the "private hospital" unless the term "nursing home" was construed in the light of the nursing home in England.At the recent session of the legislature the original act was amended to include

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