January 31, 2006

WHENEVER YOU SEE SOMETHING ENORMOUS YOU WANT TO NATIONALIZE IT":

Smaller is better, says minister in hospitals shake-up (Sam Lister, 1/31/06, Times of London)

THE community hospital, a part of the health service threatened with widespread closures, is to be recast as a centrepiece of the NHS after a government rethink.

Sweeping changes to the NHS, outlined yesterday in the long-awaited community services White Paper, will mean community hospitals taking on a significant role in efforts to provide more care to patients closer to home. The initiative comes after big cuts to community hospital care, with more than 90 thought to be at threat of imminent closure.

Many of these will now be redeveloped as part of the restructuring of primary care, and the Government plans to build a “new generation” of 50 community hospitals over the next ten years. The hospitals, modelled on “polyclinics” pioneered in Germany, will be state-of-the-art but without the A&E departments that generate emergency pressures on district general hospitals.

The move is designed to provide more care and treatment outside the costly setting of traditional acute hospitals.


Perhaps not the first line he'd want on his resume, but Tony Blair is the first Labour leader Winston Churchill wouldn't be afraid to share a urinal with.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 6:44 AM
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