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I don’t want to know what country the pope is in, but show me a burning hospital with people on crutches jumping off the roof and I’m a happy guy. George Carlin, Napalm & Silly Putty
There had been philanthropy before of course but this was the first time that businessmen came together with high profile artists, writers and sculptors in a campaign to attack a hideous evil in what was supposed to be a Christian modern metropolis ... The Foundling Hospital was philanthropy with a purpose. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Britannia Incorporated, BBC 2000
Before the National Health Service the hospital was not always the kind of place you would go to get better. Forbidding, rudimentary and reserved for the destitute, hospitals were a last resort. Timeshift: Health Before the NHS: A Medical Revolution, BBC 2012
Leading up to the NHS, Hospitals would undergo an extraordinary transformation. ibid.
Access to good hospital health care became a right. ibid.
One of the period’s biggest killers: childhood disease. ibid.
Women giving birth in hospitals for the first time. ibid.
They called it the Iron Lung. Polio was a virus that attacked the central nervous system and disabled the muscles it infected. ibid.
Getting into hospitals at all was getting harder. ibid.
The old workhouse infirmaries mainly reserved for the long term sick and the elderly. ibid.
Fifty thousand hospital beds were added in just a few months. ibid.
The government faced opposition from the medical profession. ibid.
It was the dawn of a new age. But it hadn’t emerged from nowhere. This had been a long revolution built on decades of innovation. ibid.
Health care for all – free at the point of service from cradle to grave. ibid.
It’s estimated around 90,000 die every year after being placed on the LCP [Liverpool Care Pathway] on the NHS. It was designed for cancer patients. Dispatches: Death on the Wards, Channel 4 2013
And even food and drink can be stopped. ibid.
The LCP is close to legalised euthanasia. ibid.
Can doctors accurately tell when someone is dying? ibid.
Marion died after twelve days on the Liverpool Care Pathway. ibid.
The Liverpool Care Pathway is accepted practice in most hospitals. ibid.
‘I can’t believe she [daughter] had to die to be safe.’ Dispatches: Hospital Undercover: Are They Safe? mother, Channel 4 2023
Abby took her own life in February shortly after being discharged from a psychiatric ward in Essex. Her name is one of the latest to be added to a memorial page for families who believe their relatives were failed by Essex Partnership University Trust. ibid.
In 2021 Essex Partnership University Trust was prosecuted and fined for failing to prevent eleven patient suicides. ibid.
The government announced an inquiry into 1,500 unexpected, unexplained and self-inflicted deaths of Essex Partnership University Trust’ patients. ibid.
Take her to the foetus-frightening room. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Carol Cleveland & Patricia Quinn & Simon Jones & Matt Frewer et al, director Terry Jones, doctor in theatre
And get the machine that goes ping! ibid.
And that’s the most expensive machine in the whole hospital. ibid. doctor to patient
Hospital Administrator: Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping. This is my favourite. You see we lease this back from the company we sold it to and that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account. ibid.
We are the Royal Family and we love hospitals. Queen Mary
Jobs? There are no jobs. John Q 2002 starring Denzel Washington & Robert Duvall & James Woods & Daniel E Smith & Anne Heche & Ray Liotta & Shawn Hatosy & Heath Wahlquist & David Thornton & Laura Harring & Troy Beyer & Kevin Connolly & Troy Winbush et al, director Nick Cassavetes, pal
He’s going to need a transplant or he’s going to die. ibid. doctor
You’re going to have to guarantee payment before I can put your son’s name on the list. ibid. administrator
I’m not asking you any more, doctor. I’m telling you. ibid. Washington
From now on free health care for everyone. ibid.
I’m waiting on a miracle, OK? ibid.
When people are sick, they deserve a little help. ibid.
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. Groucho Marx
I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be. Princess Diana
I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn’t recognize myself. Amy Winehouse
I grew up in a hospital and as a child I played in the dissecting room. Gustave Flaubert
My mother smiled. ‘I knew my baby wasn't like that.’
I looked at her. ‘Like what?’
‘Like those awful people. Those awful dead people at that hospital.’
She paused. ‘I knew you’d decide to be all right again.’ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
After two days in the hospital, I took a turn for the nurse. W C Fields
It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm. Florence Nightingale
Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization, never intended ... to take in the whole sick population. May we hope that the day will come ... when every poor sick person will have the opportunity of a share in a district sick-nurse at home. Florence Nightingale
In the realm of diagnosis and treatment there is ample scope for genuine difference of opinion, and one man clearly is not negligent merely because his conclusion differs from that of other professional men, nor because he has displayed less skill or knowledge than others would have done. The true test for establishing negligence in diagnosis or treatment on the part of a doctor is whether he has been proved to be guilty of such failure as no doctor of ordinary skill would be guilty of it acting with ordinary care. McNair J, Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee  2 All ER 118
She don’t get paid? Fucking busybody. She said to me, she said to me, You look bored, missus Taylor, I got three words for you, Barbara Taylor Bradford. I said, yeah, I got three words for you, luv, Calorie Controlled Diet. The Catherine Tate Show s2e4, Nan in hospital
I love maternity wards. It’s the perfect blend of love and horror. The Office US s8e13: Jury Duty, Gabe, NBC 2006
For more than seventy years we’ve waged war against bacterial infections using antibiotics. But it’s a war we’re now losing. Drug-resistant superbugs are spreading. Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs, BBC 2017
Threaten to send modern medicine back to the dark ages. ibid.
The by-product of war between microbes. ibid.
Our guts and intestines are home to at least a thousand species of bacteria. ibid.
Between 1970 and 2006, 45 health care professionals were found guilty of serial murders in Europe and America. Of these 86% were nurses. Crimes that Shook Britain s8e4: The Stepping Hill Murders, VI 2017
‘A murder mystery like no other.’ ibid.
The poisonings at Stepping Hill Hospital are crimes that shook Britain. ibid.