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Almost a quarter of Royal College fellows say their hospitals cannot deliver continuity of care

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4942 (Published 19 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4942
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Radical changes are needed in the way hospitals are organised and run, the Royal College of Physicians’ Future Hospital Commission is likely to recommend when it reports next year.

At a meeting at the college on 17 July to report progress, Tim Evans, academic vice president, said that work so far had identified that hospitals were under substantial stress, often providing a disjointed service to patients with a lack of compassion and continuity of care.

A survey of the college’s fellows had shown many concerns, ranging from worries about their hospital’s ability to deliver …

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