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Keep community hospitals open, primary care trusts told

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:873
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The government has warned primary care trusts to think again before closing community hospitals because of current financial pressures in the NHS. The health minister Lord Norman Warner told an audience of about 100 managers last week that he was concerned about panic decisions by primary care trusts to close such hospitals. Keeping them open could actually save the NHS money, he added.

    Guidance on the future of community hospitals was due to be issued within the next couple of months, said Lord Warner, at the Shaping the Future conference held in London by the NHS Confederation, …

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