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Friday, 30 May 2014

Bring back the "Cottage Hospital"

NHS must end mass centralisation.



NHS England's new chief executive Simon Stevens
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens

At last, perhaps the penny may have dropped. The new boss of NHS England Simon Stevens has said what many of us have been saying for years, that the NHS (and governments responsible for it) must end mass centralisation and instead expand its local services to treat people in their own communities.The re in statement of "cottage hospitals" is long over due.
On the 25th May in fact, I commented in another context (Return to Victorian-style hospitals to fight superbugs, experts urge.)
 "A good idea. Perhaps a return to the "cottage hospitals" is also called for. Larger is not automatically better as is often found in the huge complexes that pass for hospitals today."

The Old Hospital (Burford)

 We may yet see sanity and efficiency return to our NHS.