Government inquiry finds inadequate beds provisionBMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7233.463 (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:463
- Gavin Yamey
The fall in the number of hospital beds in England over the past 40 years has left the NHS unable to cope with healthcare needs, and a “radically different approach” is needed to managing care, according to a consultation document from the Department of Health's national beds inquiry.
The number of beds per head of population for acute, general, and maternity care has fallen by over 2% a year since 1980, despite a rise in acute and general admissions per head of around 3.5% a year.
The average level of bed occupancy has increased to a current rate of …