The hospital is dead, long live the hospital – Reform – September 2011

Posted on September 21, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

The hospital is dead, long live the hospital – Reform – September 2011

by Paul Corrigan, Caroline Mitchell

“The financial pressure facing the NHS is unprecedented. Over the course of this Parliament the health service must deliver £20 billion of efficiency savings. With 50 per cent of the health budget spent in hospitals, NHS hospital trusts are in the front line in the drive to achieve more for less.

Cutting costs in hospital services means that services need to be transformed, with fewer beds, smaller wards and in some instances complete conversions of the way in which hospitals work.  The financial pressures on hospitals are not a short term problem. Some hospitals have been facing difficulties for years, often associated with the delivery of poor quality care, and a growing number will become financially unviable. ” … continues

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