In times of austerity, few things glisten in HSJ email inboxes as much as press releases announcing £30m donations to hospitals.
This is especially true when the organisation’s chairman announces it will grow by a quarter, with additional operating theatres, wards and consulting rooms being built.
So which trust would be the beneficiary of this exceptional generosity?
None alas. The beneficiary is London’s Edward VII Hospital, the hospital of choice of the royal family, which has treated the Queen, Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge. No doubt these patients will very much appreciate the gift.
End Game’s research into the background of benefactor Michael Uren took it into pastures new - high society bible Debrett’s.
According to Debrett’s, his recreations include 15th and 16th century timber framed buildings and “country pursuits” – but sadly giving to NHS hospitals is not listed.