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22 May 06

If you thought that more hospital beds meant improved patient outcomes, then you may be surprised by the counter-intuitive report that the NHS Confederation, says it wants to dispel the "myth" that fewer beds mean less care. According to a story this morning from BBC News, the confederation has publsiehd a briefing paper, in which it says that technological advancement and better community care means patients could spend less time in hospital.

So, in an admittedly reductio ad absurdum, argument if fewer hospital beds mean better care, then if we reduce the number of beds to zero, does that mean that we should achieve the optimum patient outcome?

Doctors have said while care was improving, some hospitals had cut beds too much and were compromising care. Paul Miller, chairman of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, said there were still cases where cost pressures had meant too many beds had been lost.
"Doctors do sometimes struggle to get patients into wards. We may have to spread people around the hospital, but that means that patients who need to be on a surgical ward may end up on another type of ward which does not have the right resources. That can compromise patient care.”

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