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Smaller hospitals have a future in the NHS, but need to change

 

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Smaller hospitals have a future in the NHS, but need to change

Small district general hospitals can thrive but the way services are provided to local patients must change to guarantee quality care, according to a report from Monitor.

Monitor economists analysed a comprehensive range of clinical and financial indicators to test whether any special factors affected the performance of hospitals with fewer than 700 beds (typically in trusts with an income of less than £300 million).

The research carried out by Monitor found no clear evidence that smaller acute hospitals performed any worse clinically than larger counterparts.