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Sixty seconds on . . . bed blockers

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i935 (Published 17 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i935
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

NHS managers are worried

They have reason to be. The think tank the King’s Fund has reported that what worries them most is missing the four hour target for emergency department patients to be seen and delayed transfers of care.1

They’re actually the same thing, aren’t they?

They’re strongly related. Both are symptoms of flow problems through the hospital: if you can’t move patients through emergency departments because beds are occupied by …

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