Letters Should all patients have single rooms?

Time to consider the best way to plan for single rooms

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6331 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6331
  1. Alastair W Rigg, general practitioner1
  1. 1GMS provider Dumfries and Galloway Health Board, Gretna Surgery, Gretna DG16 5NA, UK
  1. alastair.rigg{at}nhs.net

The question is: can the NHS afford single beds and what is practicable?1 Nussbaum is right: nurse numbers must be considered first and above everything else.2 But what about cleaners? And what kit should each room have? The winter crisis in admission beds is completely missing from the debate. All hospitals need bigger footprints if single rooms are planned. There …

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