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Intermediate care offers no “quick fix” solution

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:694
  1. Kendra Inman,
  2. Alex Vass
  1. London
  2. BMJ

    Government plans to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and help vulnerable patients live more independently are in grave danger of failing, a conference in London heard this week.

    Andrew Dearden, chairman of the BMA's community care committee, said the government was relying on a steady supply of private beds and facilities to support its plans for intermediate care. “But it has failed to prevent the massive loss of nursing home beds and facilities, which now threatens the whole strategy,” he said.

    Intermediate care was often cited as the solution to some intractable NHS problems, including delayed discharge, said Dr Dearden. “Yet one third of the £150m ($213m; €242m) announced by the …

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