Pressure grows for government to “grasp the nettle” and close hospitals

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3921
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Around 20 hospitals in England need to close because they are a financial drain on the NHS and will hamper efforts to improve the overall quality and safety of NHS care, health leaders are arguing.

The government is coming under mounting pressure from leading health professionals and policy makers to “grasp the nettle” and not stand in the way of reconfigurations requiring hospital closures for financial and clinical reasons.

Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said at a meeting of the think tank Reform on 15 June that the government needed to end the political taboo of hospital closures and to be prepared to shut down or merge poorly performing hospitals.

The Daily Telegraph reported …

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