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October 13, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(7):681-682. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670240065019

Kingston Hospital Dispute.  —For almost two years a controversy has raged regarding the future control of a local family doctor hospital at Kingston by the central controlling authority. This example of the evils of bureaucratic central control, although only one of many, has been fought with such vigor by the local family doctors that the Kingston Victoria Hospital has already become legendary in the Health Service.The district of Kingston-upon-Thames is one of the outer suburbs of London and has a population of nearly a quarter of a million. The Kingston and Maiden Victoria Hospital opened in 1898 on land donated by the Duke of Cambridge. For 50 years, local family doctors have used this hospital for the treatment of their patients. Any doctor in established practice in the area could become a member of the staff, and many availed themselves of the privilege. Daily care of patients has always

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