Letters

Scotland needs a bed inquiry

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7184.668a (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:668
  1. Matthew G Dunnigan (le2r@clinmed.gla.ac.uk), Senior research fellow
  1. University Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow

    E—The National Bed Inquiry for England is welcome, especially if the remit extends to issues of accuracy and definition.1 My experience suggests that a similar inquiry is required for Scotland.

    On 27 October 1997, in reply to a parliamentary question, Tam Dalyell was informed that with the completion of Lothian Health Board's acute services strategy there would be 2042 acute hospital beds in the board's three acute hospitals.2 These figures were grossly inaccurate, relating to a superseded 1993 strategy document. The true number of projected …

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