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Sixty seconds on . . . hospital bed numbers

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 28 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1011
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Up or down?

Both. The number of hospital beds (101 386) in the NHS in England is down this year, but that’s because two hospital trusts didn’t submit data. Correct for that, and there are around 700 more beds available this winter than last. However, over a decade the number fell by a fifth to 2.4 per 1000 population in 2015, the second lowest number …

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