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UK reviews intensive care and emergency services

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:655

The British government has promised extra money to fund more paediatric intensive care beds (see also p 654). The announcement came after the report of an inquiry into the death of a 10 year old boy who was transferred four times by ambulance in less than 12 hours because of shortages in intensive care beds. Nicholas Geldard collapsed at home on 7 December 1995.

Health authorities will now be asked to review the working of their emergency services, a national database of intensive care beds will be set up, and new money from an NHS expansion budget of £500m will be used to increase the number of …

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