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Government favours “creative destruction” of the NHS

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7545.814-b (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:814
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Hospitals may have to merge or start cutting back to deal with surplus capacity, doctors have been warned by an expert in health service policy.

    An excess number of hospital beds was bringing about changes to the way the NHS operated and because of increasing competition might lead to some hospitals taking over others to survive, doctors heard at a London conference organised by the BMA, entitled Can We Make Sense of System Reform?

    Professor Chris Ham of the Health Services Management …

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