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Epidemiological and demographic changes affecting future requirements for beds

Department of Health
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  • R Medicine (General)
  • Ra Public Aspects Of Medicine
  • Psychology


On 30 September 1998, the then Secretary of State for Health announced the establishment of a National Beds Inquiry within the Department of Health. The purpose of the Inquiry was to review assumptions about growth in the volume of general and acute hospital services and their implications for health services and hospital bed numbers looking 10 to 20 years ahead. A secondary purpose was to review the service implications of current mental health policies as set out in Modernising Mental Health Services. This document sets out the supporting analysis that has informed the Inquiry Team's thinking.

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