Radical hospital reform may be wiser in the long term than introducing market forces

A report published by the think tank Reform this week has warned that the NHS will need £5bn of extra funding by 2013, to prevent the closure of as many as 40 hospitals. Inevitably, it is this worrying prognosis that has grabbed the attention of the national press, but there is a far more interesting and important message in the report. Entitled “The hospital is dead, long live the hospital,” it calls for the…

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