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England must support its community hospitals

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3933
  1. David Seamark, general practitioner1,
  2. Helen Tucker, vice president2,
  3. Heather Penwarden, chair3
  1. 1Honiton Surgery, Marlpits Lane, Honiton EX14 2NY, UK
  2. 2Community Hospitals Association, c/o CHA Office, Horton, Ilminster TA19 9QX
  3. 3Honiton Hospital League of Friends, Honiton Hospital, Honiton EX14 2DE
  1. david.seamark{at}

Appleby highlights the plight of acute hospital patients with delayed discharge because of waiting for assessments and transfers to other NHS facilities.1 We note an overlooked and neglected NHS resource: community hospitals. The UK has around 500,2 and Simon Stevens, NHS England chief, made a statement supporting improved local access to services and full use of these hospitals.3

Of the 362 community hospitals …

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