St Bartholomew's saved in London planBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7130.493e (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:493
- John Warden
Britain's oldest hospital, St Bartholomew's in London, has been saved from closure by a Labour government, which has endorsed the latest review of health services in London and reversed the conclusions of the previous Conservative administration after the 1992 Tomlinson review.
St Bartholomew's is to become a specialist unit for cardiac and oncology services, and its planned replacement, a new Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel, will be scaled down from 1200 to 900 beds.
The survival of Bart's is a rare example of government sentiment prevailing over savings after a period of Cabinet infighting. The Treasury opposed the reprieve …