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Survey finds NHS budgets pushed to the limit

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1629

The NHS faces greater pressure on its resources than at any time since the introduction of reforms, according to a survey by the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts. Increasing demand for services in the care of elderly people and a rise in emergency admissions are pushing budgets to their limits, according to the survey.

Demand for treatment of elderly people has risen by 0.7% a year over the past five years, according to the survey of the 1996-7 contracting round. At the same time the cost …

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