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Quarter of Dutch paediatric intensive care beds closed

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:259
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    One in four paediatric intensive care beds in the Netherlands are not in use, a report from the government's health inspectorate has said. Dutch MPs have described it as “scandalous.”

    Paediatric Intensive Care in the Netherlands reports a “serious shortage” of available beds in paediatric intensive care departments and a “great problem” in finding appropriate transport with qualified ambulance staff ( Though beds are available, the budget and trained paediatricians and nurses are lacking.

    Of the 107 beds for the Netherlands population of …

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