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Hospitals and benefactors

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1373
  1. C G D Brook
  1. University College London Hospitals Medical Committee, Middlesex Hospital, London W1N 8AA.

    EDITOR, - The anguish felt by benefactors when their gift is apparently spurned is understandable, but it would be disastrous if potential benefactors were discouraged by the current furore about funding hospital building in south London.1 Charitable money has become essential to services and research.

    People like to see something for their money; thus equipment is easy to fund, especially if it has to do with hearts, children, or cancer. Public collections for the construction of buildings have a long history, as inscriptions on many hospitals testify. …

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