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Evidence of patient benefit must be “at the heart” of NHS efficiency plans, warn doctors

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2393 (Published 30 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2393
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The public must be prepared for certain facilities in local hospitals to close and to have to travel further to specialist centres for treatment if the NHS is to survive the level of cuts that have to take place under the next government, warns a group of eminent clinicians and academics.

    There is a “wealth of clinical evidence” that shutting certain departments in local hospitals, such as stroke, trauma, and heart surgery, and concentrating these services in fewer centres with the latest equipment and expert clinicians improves patient safety …

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