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Hard decisions: some hospitals have to close

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1873 (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1873
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}yahoo.co.uk

    “But my local hospital is so good.” It doesn’t matter where you are, with perhaps the exception of mid-Staffordshire: sentiments such as these are echoed up and down the country. Everyone loves their local hospital, just as everyone loved their local pub, post office, and shop. All of these occupy important parts in the heart of most communities.

    But after the pub or shop or post office have long since shut down and are only footnotes in a local historian’s archive, the local hospital remains open. No one dares …

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