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Understanding patient flow in hospitals

A briefing from Nuffield Trust warns that the NHS can no longer find enough bed space to move patients through hospitals quickly and meet key A&E targets - and that its practice of counting patients at midnight means that the true scale of the squeeze is being missed.

It estimates that 5.5% of beds need to be free for cleaning and preparation if patients are to be moved through quickly enough to meet the commitment to admit or transfer emergency patients within four hours. More....