Downsizing of acute inpatient beds associated with private finance initiative: Scotland's case study

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1123

A few errors crept into this paper by Matthew G Dunnigan and Allyson M Pollock (26 April,pp 905-8). In the ninth paragraph of the discussion section in the abridged version, the highlighted deficit required annual current savings of £25.6m [not £2.65m] over the four year period. In the results section (in both the abridged and the full version) under the small subheading “New care settings” the final sentence should start: &”Acute inpatient care in the private sector in Lothian [not Scotland] is rare…” In the following paragraph (small subheading “Staffed bed rates”) the staffed bed rates for intensive therapy specialties should read 27% (4.6 v 6.3 per 100 000); this was wrong in the abridged version only. Finally, in table 1 of the abridged version, the footnote should refer to “Intensive therapy” [not “Staffed bed rates”].


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