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Letters The hospital bed is broken

The hospital bed is broken: beds don’t wear out, staff do

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 26 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n223
  1. John Øvretveit, professor of improvement, implementation, and evaluation
  1. Department of Learning, Informatics, Management, and Ethics, Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Tomtebodavägen 18A, SE−171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
  1. john.ovretveit{at}

Matt Morgan, 9 January

It is not the beds that are broken but the staff. Matt Morgan’s excellent article left out the toll of the past year on staff.1

In Stockholm, with normally double the number …

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