London's primary care lags behind bed reductions

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:554

The King's Fund of London has called for the pace of change in London's health service to be reconsidered. It warns that cuts in short stay services are not being matched with improvements in primary and community services. Launching its second London Monitor, Robert Maxwell, the chief executive of the fund, said, “The pacing and sequence of change must take high priority…. There should be no reduction in services—whether for those with acute conditions, for continuing care of elderly people, or for those with mental health problems—unless alternatives are in place.”

The report highlights dramatic changes over the past few years in the allocation of resources to …

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