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Turning round NHS deficits: Who says there are surplus hospital beds?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.363-a (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:363

how can reducing admissions save money

I am totally confused. If patients on waiting lists are not admitted
this financial year who actually saves? The trust still has to pay the
salaries and overheads, the PCT will end up paying extra to not fall foul
of targets and the patient obviously does not benefit. Why then does this
happen?
Related to this is the feeling that spending money to keep patients at
home also saves. For instance the modern matron is being paid for by the
PCT to reduce (in theory) admissions. Where are the trust able to save as
already running beyong full capacity.Who will pay these costs if the pct
don't? In effect more is spent.
Am I missing something?

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Competing interests: No competing interests

17 February 2006
john sharvill
GP
Deal