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Health and social services “locked in a vicious circle”

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 24 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1692
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    Two thirds of hospital beds in England and Wales are occupied by people aged over 65, but many of these people could move out of hospital sooner, or need not be there at all, if they had access to more effective rehabilitation services, the Audit Commission has found.

    The commission's latest report states that health and social services are locked in a vicious circle. Rising hospital admissions and falling lengths of stay are reducing time for recovery and rehabilitation and are leading to increasing and unsustainable demands on …

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