Medicine: Revolt at the Vic

Medicine and surgery had gone along smoothly for half a century at the little (44-bed), red brick Victoria Hospital in Kingston-on-Thames, 17 miles upriver from the Houses of Parliament. By & large, patients and doctors were well satisfied with what they called "the Vic."

Last week the Vic was a battleground. Its medical staff and house committee had rebelled against an order from a regional committee of Britain's National Health Service, which had ruled that the Vic must take no more general patients but must get ready to function as a gynecological unit of the big (500-bed) Kingston General Hospital. The Vic's...

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