Letters: Tough decisions are needed to make the most of finite NHS resources

an A&E sign in a hospital
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SIR – We are all aware of the situation in the NHS: long waiting lists, overstretched staff and a lack of funds. 

Tough decisions need to be made. Should A&E departments be treating minor cuts and scrapes? A firmer line needs to be taken with those who waste precious time and resources, and pharmacies should be encouraged to do more.

Meanwhile, when councils fail to organise places for discharged patients, resulting in bed shortages, they should be fined. I am sure such a measure would speed up the rehabilitation of patients.

John Hall
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

The NHS crisis in numbers The NHS crisis in numbers

SIR – Why is not more attention drawn to the fact that the number of hospital beds has been halved since 1988?

This must have been general policy while so many hospitals were rebuilt under the “have it now, pay later” Private Finance Initiative schemes favoured by Gordon Brown. The justification for this – that ordinary cases are treated...


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