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Hospital’s 150-year relationship with Order of Malta ‘to alter’

By on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John's Wood, north London (PA)

The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John's Wood, north London (PA)

The relationship between the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London and the Order of Malta “is likely to alter”, the order has said.

In a statement, the order said: “Following an extraordinary general meeting on March 31 at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in north London (the Company) to change the Company’s articles of association, a special resolution was passed, by a vote of the majority, rescinding the right of the British Association of the Order of Malta to nominate members to the Board and to the Company.

“As a result, the relationship of the British Association of the Order of Malta with the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in north London is likely to alter. The changes, if implemented in the hospital’s Scheme, will require the approval of the Charity Commission.

“In line with its 900-year old commitment to the poor and the sick, the order currently runs inner-city soup kitchens and 78 care homes in England providing an array of services for the elderly.”

The order’s relationship with the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, known informally as “John and Lizzie’s”, dates back to the hospital’s foundation in 1856.

A spokesman for the hospital declined to comment.