27_386 14/10/87

10 South Street, Park Lane, W
14 Oct. 1887
Sir H. Ponsonby's scheme. With the help of 'our most trusted Hospital (lady) lieutenant' suggests; 1. Any pension should be according to length of service. 2. Hospitals should be called upon to contribute; minimum service before qualifying for a pension. 'Incompetent gentlewomen", my dread, would not be kept 3 years.' Hospital and Nurse should put equal amounts into the fund. 3. Great London Hospitals will probably object. 4. Heads of Medical Schools.should be asked their opinion, as 'they suffer the most from the constant changes'. 5. Have nothing whatever to &a with "rewards". The JoW nurse will always feel she has only done what she ought to have done. 'Rewards are the most demoralizing thing. Do away with the rewarding of Nursing: but assist deserving service with pensions, in old age and sickness." The Hospitals ought to be asked whether they would be prepared to contribute. Encloses letterl which one of the Matrons has addressed to the Queen on the subject the Provident Fund supported by many nurses.
10p Part Pencil QUEEN'S INST. DIST. NURSG.
1. Letter suggests 1. Nurses to become members of a Provident and Pension Fund, available for the whole profession. 2. Each who from any cause, stops payment agrees to forfeit what she has paid up, for the benefit of the rest, as in Temperance Societies. 3. None to receive pensions who are not subscribers to the fund - other wise the provision for sickness or old age becomes mere charity. /This is a strong feeling. F.N.1 The provision to be for sickness as well as for old age.
Requests that a Guarantee or Endowment fund may be furnished from the surplus of the Queen's Jubilee Fund.
/N.B. The foregoing letter ignores the subject of the large proportion which would have to be paid by the Nurses, unless the Hospitals contribute.

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