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Government inquiry finds inadequate beds provision

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:463
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    The fall in the number of hospital beds in England over the past 40 years has left the NHS unable to cope with healthcare needs, and a “radically different approach” is needed to managing care, according to a consultation document from the Department of Health's national beds inquiry.

    The number of beds per head of population for acute, general, and maternity care has fallen by over 2% a year since 1980, despite a rise in acute and general admissions per head of around 3.5% a year.

    The average level of bed occupancy has increased to a current rate of …

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