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Some operating theatres are used only eight hours a week

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1349 (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1349
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Hospitals in England and Wales could cut waiting times for operations and outpatient appointments and have more free beds without any extra resources if they were better managed, says a report from the public spending watchdog, the Audit Commission.

    The commission, which this week published four reviews as part of its acute hospital portfolio, found a common theme in the services it examined-huge variations among hospitals in the services they deliver, which could not be easily explained. “The conclusion cannot be avoided that some trusts could improve the services they deliver significantly within …

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