Turning round NHS deficits: Who says there are surplus hospital beds?BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.363-a (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:363
- Peter G Davies, general practitioner principal (email@example.com)
- Keighley Road Surgery, Halifax HX2 9LL
EDITOR—Ham's editorial is a clear summary of the NHS's current financial plight.1 However, in his fourth paragraph he illustrates a gulf between health economic and medical thinking.
There seems to be a specific belief in health economic circles that there is overprovision of beds in acute hospital settings. As a doctor I do not share this belief.