Community hospitals

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6932.857a (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:857
  1. David Chappel
  1. Department of Public Health Medicine, Milton Keynes Hospital Campus, Milton Keynes MK6 5LD.

    Community hospitals not available to everyone

    Editor,--Small hospitals come into and go out of fashion, as Sam Ramaiah says.1 They have been described as cottage hospitals, general practitioner hospitals, community hospitals, and community care centres. One issue that is often overlooked is the equity of care that they provide. For some services (such as outpatient and casualty services) they may improve equity by bringing services to rural areas. But for other …

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