Orthopedic Hospital, Shepherd's Bush.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

The sole reason for this removal is the urgent necessity for public economy. I could not justify the retention of the buildings at Shepherd's Bush at the enormous rental demanded, i.e., £14,000, without security of tenure, when a Government hospital in more pleasant surroundings in Richmond Park was at my disposal, rent free. The question of removal, therefore, did not resolve itself into a purely medical one. The medical staff would naturally prefer to remain in a building associated with so unique a standard of surgical efficiency. But I have no doubt that the transference of the staff and the equipment to Richmond will be in no way detrimental to the interests of the patients. It is not possible at this date to state the exact number of patients that will have to be transferred when the removal takes place towards the end of next month. I understand from my Noble Friend the First Commissioner of Works that the estimate of the cost of removal and adaptation is not likely to exceed one half-year's rent that would have to be paid at Shepherd's Bush. There is no lease of the Richmond Park Hospital, but my Noble Friend has agreed to its retention for at least two years, rent free.