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One in four hospital patients should be cared for out of hospital

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8336 (Published 29 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8336
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

At least a quarter of hospital inpatients should be cared for at home rather than in hospital, the leader of the body that represents NHS managers has said.

Outlining the challenges the NHS will face in the coming year, Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, the organisation that represents NHS managers, warned that the NHS needed to let go of the “outdated hospital or bust model of care” and to shift resources into community based services, early intervention, and self care.

The confederation believes that at …

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