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Welsh health service is “unsustainable,” report says

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1158-d (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1158
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Urgent, radical, and sweeping changes to health services in Wales are being urged by the Audit Commission.

    A catalogue of problems identified in a new report include more than one in four beds blocked by patients who should not be there, poor use of resources, alienated clinicians, considerable overspending, and management weaknesses.

    Day surgery and theatres are poorly used, beds in community hospitals are underused, and more progress is needed in public health.

    “The challenges faced by all those concerned with the health of Wales and its people are daunting. Overall, the picture in Wales is one of an unsustainable service. Welsh comparative performance …

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