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Scottish bed crisis leads to review on planning services

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.204 (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:204

A review of planning assumptions for acute medical services is being conducted in Scotland after the cancellation of hundreds of scheduled operations in recent weeks as hospitals have been forced to keep beds free for emergency cases. The influenza outbreak coupled with the effects of extreme winter weather resulted in medical admissions soaring throughout the country. Hospitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Falkirk, and Stirling all had to cancel non-urgent admissions.

Doctors, health unions, …

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