Hey, this reminds me! When I was a nurse back in the 70's, the Housemen used to chortle away over a particular little perk which they enjoyed. Whenever a patient died and was to be cremated, the death certificate required the signatures of two doctors to confirm the cause of death and that there were no spare non-incinerable parts retained in the body. The undertaker would charge the grieving relations for the fee eventually, but the money, tax-free, could be collected in cash at the Hospital Finance Desk. Each death in those days was worth Â£27.50 for each doctor. At St Georges, the payout was on Thursdays. Thursday was always bonanza night at the Hospital Bar!sejintenej wrote:ie. NOT ash.
Oi, I want my CASH back!
The payment was called Ash Cash. I believe it's now Â£69.00 per signature.
Do you remember this, Mary V?