Service can't cope with troughs in demand, let alone peaks

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1476a (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1476
  1. Roop Kishen
  1. Consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia Intensive Care Unit Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR,—David Ryan correctly points out that “moving critically ill patients between hospitals has become a far from ideal way of life.”1 Politicians have only recently taken note of this, but in fact this situation has existed for as long as I have been a consultant (11 years) working in an intensive care unit in a large teaching hospital.

    Recent deaths of critically ill patients who were being moved between hospitals …

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