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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1854-1855-125

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medical department 123 for 110 purpose of narrowly watching week by week the consumption of the Hospital and of enforcing rigid economy in all branches Present position -It is with deep regret that the Committee state to the Court that the debt which steadily increasing every year amounted on the 1st of January 1853 to £1 979 had reached the amount of £3 040 2d on the 1st of January 1854 They feel that the time lias come when an urgent appeal must be made to pay olf this sum and to raise larger annual income The Court will perceive by reference to the accounts how very small portion of the expenses is borne by the Annual Subscriptions No less sum than £3 000 has to be obtained every year from Donations so that in the present year it will be necessary to raise in addition to the usual Annual Subscriptions the sum of £0 000 viz £3 000 to pay the arrears of previous years and £3 000 for the expenses of 1854 II -Τπε New Hospital The Committee would now call the attention of the Governors to the pro- gross of their new Building and they will adopt the same division of the different subjects connected therewith as last year The Site -The five small houses in Clement's Lane alluded to in the last Report have boon lately purchased and pulled down and the site thus obtained is already to great extent occupied by the new Out-patient Depart- ment The Committee have now obtained possession of the whole of the land required for the actual building The Act of Parliament however gave powers for taking some small portions immediately adjoining with tlie view of improving he approaches and of opening up resources for air and light No steps have yet been taken to procure these allotments hut the Committee fully recognise the importance of the subject and will not fail as opportunities occur and as funds arc placed in their hands to avail themselves of the large powers given them by the Act The New Building -The Committee are happy to report that great progress has been made in the first portion of the new building in which are included the Chapel the entire Out-patien Department the Operating and Post Mortem Theatres Wards for ninety beds and the Dispensary and the Dispenser's Establishment Notwithstanding the enormous amount of the work to be done impeded too as it has been by the severity of the weather and the difficulties which arose in the course of last autumn in the metro- polis between masters and workmen the Committee have great tfeason for believing that the whole will be completed by the first of June in the present year And whether the height size convenience and symmetry of the several wards and other buildings be regarded or the actual work itself the Committee believe it will bear favourable comparison with any building of the same nature in London
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