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Jewish Hospital System in Poland Threatened by Economic Distress: Many May Have to Close Down Confer

The serious financial situation in the country menaces the continued activity of the Jewish hospitals, and many Jewish hospitals may find themselves compelled to close down, many of the delegates urged at a Conference of representatives of Jewish hospitals in Poland opened here on the initiative of the Jewish Health Organisation in Poland, Toz. 71 delegates were present

There are 48 Jewish hospitals in Poland with 3,552 beds, the report presented to the Conference stated, about a tenth of all the hospitals in the country. They employ 231 doctors, 332 nurses and other trained staff, and 775 domestic staff. About 50,000 patients, of whom 15 per cent. are non-Jews, pass through the Jewish hospitals annually. The total budget of the Jewish hospitals amounts to about 8 million zlotys, it was reported.

The Conference has been called for the purpose of co-ordinating the Jewish hospital work in Poland, improving Jewish sanitary and hygienic activities and maintaining the Jewish character of the various institutions.