Policy must separate need for hospital beds from demand

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.855a (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:855
  1. Tom Marshall, honorary lecturer in public health medicine (marshatp@hsrc1.bham.ac.uk)
  1. University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR—Whether or not the private finance initiative has any real advantages (and I have yet to meet a defender of it) is one question; the appropriate number of hospital beds is another.1 There is of course no right number of hospital beds: if …

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