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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7244.1226/b (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1226

Elderly NHS patients may recuperate privately: The United Kingdom is expected to announce plans for elderly patients who occupy about 20% of acute NHS beds—at a cost of up to £1200 ($1920) a week—to recuperate in private nursing homes. The private sector has about 25000 spare private nursing home beds at any …

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