Deterioration of the NHS

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6938.1239b (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1239
  1. J D Ward,
  2. C Peat,
  3. J Revill
  1. Royal Hallamshire Hospital
  2. Sheffield S10 2JF Sheffield S10 5PN Sheffield S8 8OW.

    EDITOR, - We have recently expressed our concern in the national press about the deteriorating state of the health service.*RF 1-4* We have highlighted several important issues.

    Firstly, appreciable problems in the handling of patients with acute medical problems, due to lack of beds and the diminishing number of hours worked by doctors, have led to long delays in accident and emergency departments and admissions wards and dangerous clinical care. This has been aggravated …

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