Bed register could be set up after patient's death

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:688

Changes to the allocation of emergency beds are likely in London after the death of a patient who was flown 320 km for neurosurgical treatment. Malcolm Murray, 45, had severe head injuries and was transferred from Kent to Leeds after a telephone search failed to find a bed in south east Britain.

Philip van Hille, a consultant neurosurgeon at Leeds General Infirmary, operated on Mr Murray at 8 am on 8 March, 10 hours after Mr Murray was hit by a van outside a pub in Orpington. When Mr Murray died eight hours later Mr Van Hille said, “a delay like that does not do any good at all.” The furore soon reached the House of Commons, with Labour accusing the government of closing …

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