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Reconfiguring acute hospitals in England

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39058.701065.3A (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1271

Clinicians are fatigued by health policy and policy makers

  1. Richard Venn, consultant in intensive care (richard.venn@wash.nhs.uk),
  2. Lui G Forni, consultant inrenal medicine and intensive care
  1. 1Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2DH

    Transferring “less sick” people into non-acute hospital settings doesn't necessarily save money.1 At least 15 schemes, vigorously supported and in some cases piloted by our acute hospital, have been rejected or discontinued by the primary care trust on financial grounds. The University of Birmingham has reviewed the evidence for the cost effectiveness of moving less sick patients into non-hospital settings and …

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