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Neurosurgical units working beyond safe capacity

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7232.399 (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:399
  1. Muhunthan Thillai
  1. BMJ

    Almost all neurosurgical units in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are working beyond their safe capacity, according to a report published last week by the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

    The report claims that there is a growing imbalance between the demand for the service and its supply. The United Kingdom and Ireland currently have 37 neurosurgical units, two fewer than in 1993. Since then the surgical workload has increased by 18%.

    Mr Barry Jackson, president of …

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