Monday

Lanesborough Hotel

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This used to be the St George’s Hospital. It was built and paid for by charity, and sold off by the NHS. That is why it is now known as the Lanesborough Hotel. If mememor serves, Macmillan, when he was in the House of Lords, once referred to the privatisations that went on under Margaret Thatcher as ‘selling off the crown jewels’. In healthcare, it has been the NHS that has sold off the crown jewels, closing hundreds of hospitals that were created with charitable funds.
There is still a St George’s Hospital, of course, but it is in Tooting. It is the result of a ‘merger’ of over 10 hospitals including the original St George’s Hospital (now The Lanesborough Hotel) at Hyde Park Corner. The two sites are miles away from each other and on opposite sides of the Thames.

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