NHS is “full” owing to rise in emergency admissions and poor discharge procedures, report says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8245 (Published 4 December 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8245

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

NHS hospitals are being stretched to “bursting point” by a combination of soaring emergency admissions and an inability to discharge patients effectively, a comprehensive new audit has found.

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2012, which examined capacity at acute trusts in England, found that most hospitals were more than 90% occupied for 48 weeks of the year, with many hospitals more than 95% full in winter.1

The report said that high levels of bed occupancy were endangering patient safety and making it more difficult to run the health service effectively and that the NHS should ideally operate at 85% bed occupancy.

It said that the latest figures also disguised the highs …

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

Article access

Article access for 1 day

Purchase this article for £20 $30 €32*

The PDF version can be downloaded as your personal record

* Prices do not include VAT

THIS WEEK'S POLL