The number of Territorials being treated was putting pressure on the Bute Hospital both in terms of beds and finances. The quarterly meeting of the hospital's Management Committee heard that 296 people had been under treatment in the three months ended September 30th and the large increase was due to the fact that 142 soldiers stationed in Luton had been received into the institution.
Mr W. Austin said with thousands of troops in the town in addition to the ordinary population it was obvious there would be serious drains upon the hospital if the present system continued. He said it seemed to him that it should be pressed upon the Government the need for hospital accommodation for troops in the district. It was time they came to some sort of financial arrangement.
Secretary Mr H. O. Williams produced several sheets of foolscap paper and said that was the military bill up to the end of September. It came to £147 6s.
He had written to he responsible officer saying he would be glad if the officer was in a position to receive and pass the accounts for the men of the Territorial Force. He had received a reply that on schedule had already been passed for payment, and if the September schedule was ready they would be glad to see it and send it for sanction and payment.
Mr Williams said he was not aware that the officer had sanctioned anything. He certainly had not received payment.
Mr F. W. Plummer asked if the admission of the 142 Territorials had crowded out any important case or cases that really needed treatment at the hospital. Chairman Mr W. R. Phillips said he did not think so, but they had been able to arrange to handle all the cases that the medical men has sent in, in the ordinary wards.
Mr Austin thought the real truth was that doctors were recognising the situation and were not sending patients in unless that felt really obliged. When he last went round there were 26 Territorials in the wards and, he thought, only five or six civilians.
Mr Williams said there had been 117 civilians in the wards as compared with 127 in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
Amounts raised for Hospital Saturday had already considerably topped the 1913 figure through the assistance of the Diamond Foundry and Vauxhall Motors, who sent £70.
Mr Williams said he thought current finances were in a good condition, especially if they got the amount for the Territorials from the Government.
[The Luton News, October 15th, 1914]