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Welsh health service faces overwhelming demand for services, says report

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.124-g (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:124
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Demand for health and social care services in Wales could overwhelm the system, a review commissioned by the Welsh Assembly has said.

    Services need to modernise and change or face being overwhelmed: “The overall conclusion is that the current position is not sustainable,” the review says.

    The review, led by Derek Wanless, the former chief executive of NatWest bank, who was commissioned last year after completing a review of the NHS in the United Kingdom, says that immediate action needs to be taken in several areas, including developing alternatives to hospital admissions.

    Although hospital activity has grown by more than 33% over the past …

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