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Small hospitals could help to bolster community services, says NHS chief

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3662 (Published 30 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3662
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The head of the NHS in England has signalled that small local hospitals should become the focus of expanded and improved services in the community to allow elderly patients to be treated locally.

Simon Stevens, who took up the post of chief executive of the NHS in England in April, said that small hospitals were vital in meeting the needs of an ageing population and would provide focus for community services that had become “too complicated and too fragmented.”

The current lack of coherent local services meant that too many patients were being denied “dignity and compassion,” he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.1 Stevens said that countries such …

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