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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7315.710 (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:710

First increase in NHS hospital beds since 1970: The number of general and acute hospital beds in the NHS increased by more than 700 during the past year, from 135080 to 135794, the Department of Health announced last week. It said this was the first recorded increase since 1971 and the largest since records began in …

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