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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1671

Central bed register would divert attention away from need for adequate resources

  1. Mick Nielsen,
  2. Aileen Sced,
  3. John Pappachan
  1. Consultant in charge Senior house officer Senior registrar Southampton University Hospitals, Intensive Care Units, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR,—In his statement on intensive care services the secretary of state focused on two main issues—namely, the need to provide more high dependency facilities and the possibility of creating a national register, or “bed bureau,” for intensive care.1 We work in an intensive care unit with a total refusal rate of 29% for appropriate referrals and so are familiar with the problems of identifying vacant beds elsewhere and transferring patients to them. Like others,2 we are …

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