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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

(Almost) a million pounds of research money

Published: 10 March 2008 Origin:  Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Professor John Mohan has now notched up funding of nearly £900,000 from the ESRC and charitable foundations for four projects he is undertaking as principal investigator or co-investigator.

The Gorsky project will create a database to help researchers wanting to know more about Britain’s network of hospitals before the advent of the NHS.

It will be an on-line, fully searchable version of a database, produced by Professor Mohan and Dr Martin Gorsky as part of a research project on the distribution and finances of British voluntary hospitals, 1889 - 1944. The information comes from the annual publications Burdett's Hospitals and Charities, and their successor, the Hospitals Yearbooks.

Henry Burdett believed hospitals needed to show that they were spending money efficiently to justify their continued support; one way to do this was to gather comparative statistics about their activities. It will be possible to download information about workload, income and expenditure, components of income, such as donations versus fees for services, and staffing of more than 1,000 hospitals.

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