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Plans for new hospitals should focus on ensuring low running costs

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4106 (Published 07 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4106
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Hospitals must move away from the static concept of bed numbers and become far better able to meet future healthcare needs, participants at the annual European Health Forum in Gastein, Austria, were told last week.

    Urging planners to show greater imagination, Martin McKee, research director at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, said, “We are concerned that hospitals are still being built to reflect the needs of patients from the 19th and 20th centuries, not the 21st.”

    He added: “There is a necessity …

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