Punch,  38 (1860), 227.

The Tax on Hospitals



Letter, Spoof


Hospitals, Medical Treatment, Disease, Government, Commerce, Class

    Discusses the dire financial situation of the Brompton Hospital, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, and St Mary's Hospital, whose serious debts were announced at the 'Anniversary Festivals' of the hospitals, and which suggested the need to suspend some of the medical facilities. Urges the Chancellor of the Exchequer, William E Gladstone, not to view the 'decay' of hospitals and consequent misery of the sick with 'indifference'. After arguing that Gladstone's 'Tenpenny Income-Tax' has not stopped the 'superior classes' from leading decadent lifestyles, suggests that the same burden might be ruining the hospitals.

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