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.

The RCP’s Hospitals on the edge? report sets out the magnitude of the challenges facing acute care services. It 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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Last updated on: 19 September 2012


Re: Monitor - Contingency Planning Team for Mid-Staffordshire

Monitor published today in the intial recommendations of the Contigency Planning Team, in preparation for the recofiguration of services at Mid-Staffs. It is looking at the model of a Local Hospital. Is this one of the topics being looked at by the Future Hospital policy group? Has there been some guidance on this? Elderly Care services are being discussed under this proposal. I want as much information as possible, to contribute sensibly to local discussions Thanks

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