In a press release, Reform states:
““Fewer hospitals, more competition” argues that the NHS has been right to reduce hospital beds by nearly a half since 1987, from 270,000 to 160,000. Since the conquest of infectious diseases sixty years ago, health services have focused on the delivery of short episodes of hospital-based treatment in order to reduce mortality from coronary heart disease and cancer. Now health services face new challenges of improving quality of life for survivors with longer term conditions and reducing disability, for which hospitals are much less relevant.”
More and more care should be shifted into the community, Reform argues.
According to the BBC, the British Medical Association has condemned the recommendations as “immoral”.