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Turning round NHS deficits: Who says there are surplus hospital beds?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:363
  1. Peter G Davies, general practitioner principal (
  1. Keighley Road Surgery, Halifax HX2 9LL

    EDITOR—Ham's editorial is a clear summary of the NHS's current financial plight.1 However, in his fourth paragraph he illustrates a gulf between health economic and medical thinking.

    There seems to be a specific belief in health economic circles that there is overprovision of beds in acute hospital settings. As a doctor I do not share this belief.

    When …

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