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Funding of hospital equipment underfunded by £8m in Scotland

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:636
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Hospitals in Scotland are failing to invest adequately in medical equipment, which could result in putting patients at risk, says a report from the Auditor General for Scotland. It has recommended the establishment of a rolling programme of planned replacement.

    Underfunding of around £8m ($12m) was identified in 1997-8. Although the report acknowledges that figures for one year need to be treated with caution, it added: “Our survey findings suggest that across Scotland, expenditure on new …

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