A-12366, JANUARY 22, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 517

A-12366: Jan 22, 1926

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ARE IN THE NATURE OF HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN PERSONAL FURNISHINGS. " WILL NOT BE OBJECTED TO. IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR REVIEW IT IS STATED: THESE SHOES AND SUITS ARE WORN BY THE INTERNES WHO RECEIVE NO SALARY FOR THEIR SERVICES. AS A PART OF THE USUAL AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT FOR THE WORK THEY ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM. THE SUITS ARE REGULARLY LAUNDERED AND STERILIZED. ARE WORN FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PATIENTS AGAINST INFECTION. WHICH WOULD BE UNAVOIDABLE IF ORDINARY STREET CLOTHING WERE WORN. ARE A PART OF ITS EQUIPMENT MADE NECESSARY BY THE UNUSUAL REQUIREMENTS OF HOSPITAL WORK. ARE LEFT AT THE INSTITUTION AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF SERVICE OF EACH INTERNE FOR FURTHER USE.

A-12366, JANUARY 22, 1926, 5 COMP. GEN. 517

PERSONAL FURNISHINGS - SHOES AND SUITS WHITE DUCK SHOES AND SUITS FOR USE OF INTERNES OF FREEDMAN'S HOSPITAL WHO SERVE WITHOUT SALARY, THE CLOTHING BEING REQUIRED FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PATIENTS RATHER THAN FOR THE COMFORT OR PROTECTION OF THE INTERNES, ARE IN THE NATURE OF HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN PERSONAL FURNISHINGS, AND AS THEY REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE HOSPITAL THEIR PURCHASE FROM THE EXPENSE APPROPRIATION FOR THE HOSPITAL, WHICH CONTAINS AN ITEM FOR "CLOTHING," WILL NOT BE OBJECTED TO.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, JANUARY 22, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST OF NOVEMBER 20, 1925, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. 016331 OF NOVEMBER 3, 1925, DISALLOWING THE CLAIM OF HARRY KAUFMAN (INC.), IN THE AMOUNT OF $275.10 FOR 18 PAIRS OF WHITE SHOES AND 30 WHITE DUCKS SUITS FURNISHED FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL IN JULY AND AUGUST, 1925.

IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR REVIEW IT IS STATED:

THESE SHOES AND SUITS ARE WORN BY THE INTERNES WHO RECEIVE NO SALARY FOR THEIR SERVICES, AS A PART OF THE USUAL AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT FOR THE WORK THEY ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM. THE SUITS ARE REGULARLY LAUNDERED AND STERILIZED, AND ARE WORN FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PATIENTS AGAINST INFECTION, WHICH WOULD BE UNAVOIDABLE IF ORDINARY STREET CLOTHING WERE WORN. THEY REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE HOSPITAL; IN FACT, ARE A PART OF ITS EQUIPMENT MADE NECESSARY BY THE UNUSUAL REQUIREMENTS OF HOSPITAL WORK, AND ARE LEFT AT THE INSTITUTION AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF SERVICE OF EACH INTERNE FOR FURTHER USE.

THE APPROPRIATION PROPOSED TO BE CHARGED WITH THIS EXPENDITURE IS THAT FOUND IN THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1925, 43 STAT. 1184, UNDER THE HEADING--- FREEDMEN'S HOSPITAL, AS FOLLOWS:

FOR SUBSISTENCE, FUEL AND LIGHT, CLOTHING, BEDDING, FORAGE, MEDICINE, MEDICAL AND SURGICAL SUPPLIES, SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, ELECTRIC LIGHTS, REPAIRS, REPLACEMENT OF X-RAY APPARATUS, FURNITURE, MOTOR-PROPELLED AMBULANCE, AND OTHER ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY EXPENSES, $63,950.

IT APPEARS FROM THE EXPLANATION SUBMITTED THAT THESE SUPPLIES WERE NOT PRIMARILY FOR THE PERSONAL COMFORT OR PROTECTION OF THE INTERNES BUT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PATIENTS; THAT THE WORK COULD NOT BE SATISFACTORILY PERFORMED WITHOUT THEIR USE; AND THAT THEY ARE IN THE NATURE OF HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN PERSONAL FURNISHINGS AND REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE HOSPITAL, BEING RETURNED TO STOCK AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SERVICE OF THE INTERNES TO WHOM ISSUED. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY ARE NOT SUCH EQUIPMENT AS THE INTERNES, WHO SERVE WITHOUT ANY SALARY, COULD REASONABLY BE REQUIRED TO SUPPLY AND IT MAY BE PRESUMED THAT THE APPROPRIATION FOR "CLOTHING" WAS INTENDED TO COVER SUPPLIES OF THE NATURE HEREIN INVOLVED. 2 COMP. GEN. 652; 3 ID. 433.