Soundings

Downsizing at Rhinoceros General

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1472 (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1472
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

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    Last month the Department of Disinformation and Mammalian Rights (DDMR) held a briefing session at the hospital on the subject of “Healthcare in the 21st Century. How many bodies will we need?”

    Mr Livingstone, the hospital administrator, opened the meeting. He emphasised that Administrators and doctors must work together to provide Quality Care for their Consumers—he always capitalises important words, out of deference to Mr Lehrkopf's Teutonic forbears. They must build a bridge to the 21st century, he said, but must make sure that the bridge does not become so overcrowded that some providers will have to be pushed off.

    In the questions and answers session that followed …

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