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Hospitals in Wales need to reconfigure to improve patient outcomes, says report

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3413 (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3413
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Hospital services in Wales need to be reorganised urgently, as some are close to “collapse” despite a decade of improved NHS performance, says an independent review.

The report highlights increasing demand for care and acute pressure on medical staffing in some specialties.1

It says that patients’ lives may be at risk and argues that there is a “strong case” for centralising some services, such as trauma, orthopaedic, and paediatrics, to improve safety and the quality of care.

The review was carried out by Marcus Longley, a professor at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of Glamorgan.

He says in the report, “There is now convincing evidence that hospital services …

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