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PORTER. The name of an ancient English officer who bore or carried a rod before the justices. The door-keeper of the English parliament also bears this name.
     2. One who is employed as a common carrier to carry goods from one place to another in the same town, is also called a porter. Such person is in general answerable as a common carrier. Story, Bailm. Sec. 496.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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IF YOU are a hospital porter or cook with ideas for Frank Dobson, or would like to join his task force, write to: TASK FORCE, The People, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP.
"But we want our pay scales to be fair and on a par with the rest of Scotland's hospital porters. At the moment, it's not and we are being unfairly discriminated against.
As a Catholic, am I not supposed to care or be affected by the fact that hospital porters and cleaners have seen more of my bare bum recently (I had to go in for some tests) than my husband?
Two hospital porters have been sacked after a dead baby was left in a basement overnight instead of being taken to a mortuary.
SPECIAL babies in Coventry and Warwickshire are receiving extra care thanks to the work of hospital porters.
Hospital porters have been played on screen by stars like Robson Green in the BBC drama Casualty and Jeremy Edwards in Holby City.
Seven of the hospital porters took part in a sponsored head shave to help raise awareness and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He is endangering our health by planning to slash the wages of nurses, midwives, hospital porters, cleaners and paramedics.
In Wales, the mean gross average pay for full-time managers and senior officials is pounds 32,954 while the gross average pay for full-time lowest grade occupations like cleaners, bar staff, security guards, labourers and hospital porters is pounds 15,156
ONE of two hospital porters suspended after claims that a dead baby was left in a basement overnight, instead of being taken to a mortuary, was previously involved in a similar incident.
THE LAST GIFT: Peter Legg hands over the cheque to Annie Gay (left) with guide dog Yuma and Mary Wilkins with puppy Treacle, watched by hospital porters Jonathan Cowland, Paddy Molloy and Mel Dodd

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