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February 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(5):339-340. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640320051026

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Dismissal of Medical Officers of the Hospital Staffs  In view of the financial stress in the new era of the republic, which necessitates a sharp reduction of all expenditures incurred by the state, the hospitals also will be considerably affected by the activities of the "economy dictator," appointed by the League of Nations. In Vienna alone, two hospitals will be closed, and the others will undergo a marked diminution of capacity. At least 75 per cent. of the nurses and attendants will thus be superfluous, to say nothing of the administrative staff. The medical staff of these hospitals has already been cut down, as more than 100 physicians have received a fortnight's notice that their appointments, terminating December 31, will not be renewed. While the officials and attending personnel are fighting against this sudden dismissal, backed by their political organizations, the physicians have no political party behind them. In vain,

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