Community hospitals in the new NHS

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.56c (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:56
  1. R W Liddell
  1. Turriff Health Centre, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 7DQ.

    EDITOR, - Doctors working in community hospitals will have been disappointed by the lukewarm tone of Sam Ramaiah's editorial.1 This tone is surprising at a time when interest in the concept of community hospitals has increased greatly, with new hospitals being built (or converted from other types of hospital) in many areas. In Scotland alone, new units have opened in Grampian and Highland and are being planned in Ayrshire and Arran and even in the City of Aberdeen.

    Ramaiah seems to see these as long stay units in competition with private nursing homes. Certainly there are …

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