Squeezing out Nonnatus House
Sister Julienne demands answers on Nonnatus House budget cuts -- but gets only more surprises.
- Come in.
- Hello Sister.
- It's very kind of you to see me Dr. Knightly-Grimes.
Sorry, I can't offer you a chair
with things being as they are.
All this rebuilding and reorganization
has a lot to answer for
and a lot to offer, of course.
- Oh, I'll have to take your word for it,
given that your department has just cut
the Nonnatu's House budget by 50%.
You have been notified?
- By letter, this morning.
And I'd be obliged if you might tell me why.
- With the expansion of the St. Cuthbert's maternity wards,
the work of your order is clearly going
to decline in importance.
- It hasn't declined yet.
And whilst the department is being rebuilt,
we have 30 extra clinic patients.
- Now also under threat of demolition.
- Until that happens, Nonnatu's House is sufficient,
central to the district
and extremely well staffed and equipped.
- There is, however, the problem of your running costs.
- We've only ever paid a peppercorn rent.
The council have been very generous in that regard.
- You haven't been notified by
the Department of Estates and Housing?
- No, I have not.
- [Dr. Knightly-Grimes] Ah, that is most unfortunate.