NHS bed cuts to be reviewed

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:966
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The culture of ward closures in the NHS, which has cut beds by 100000 in the past 10 years, is to be reconsidered, the health secretary, Frank Dobson, has decided.

    Mr Dobson announced that there would be a national beds inquiry--one of a raft of government announcements to the Labour party conference in Blackpool last week. A Department of Health team will examine the number, mix, and use of NHS beds in England. The inquiry team will draw together existing evidence and data worldwide and assess future clinical trends; it is due to report …

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