The RCP’s Hospitals on the edge? report sets out the magnitude of the challenges facing acute care services.
All hospital inpatients deserve to receive safe, high-quality, sustainable care centred around their needs and delivered in an appropriate setting by respectful, compassionate, expert health professionals. Yet it is increasingly clear that our hospitals are struggling to cope with the challenge of an ageing population and increasing hospital admissions.
Hospitals on the edge? is a call for action for all involved in the design and delivery of health services. It is increasingly clear that we must radically review the organisation of hospital care if the health service is to meet the needs of patients. We must act now and we must act collaboratively if we are to ensure patients receive the care they deserve now and in the future.
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