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Closing some local services could save lives, report says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1187
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. 1London

    Closing some local hospital services could help to save around 1000 lives each year, says a report that heralds another wave of reconfiguration in the NHS.

    Despite numerous protests over proposed closures of some parts of district general hospitals, shutting down less effective services will help to boost survival rates, says a report from the think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research.

    The policy is also one that is being put this week to the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, by chief medical officer Professor Liam Donaldson and the national clinical directors for emergency care and coronary heart disease, Professors George Alberti and …

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