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Research Article

Distribution of hospital provision: policy themes and resource variations.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 08 February 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:suppl
  1. M J Buxton,
  2. R E Klein


    There has been much discussion in the past about the inequitable distribution of N.H.S. resources between different regions. This paper examines the distribution of hospital resources in terms of current revenue and beds in different specialties in eight regions (49 area health authorities). Variations between A.H.A.s are far more important than those between regions, and indeed they are so large (even in the acute specialties) that it is doubtful whether some A.H.A.s can be considered to be offering a comprehensive service. In the light of these findings the paper explores policy problems involved in trying to secure a more equitable distribution of N.H.S. resources at a time of financial stringency.