Sunday, August 26, 2007

10k die in UK due to shortage of CC beds

When you put politicians in charge of health care...

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More than 10,000 people are dying needlessly each year after being denied intensive care treatment, according to senior doctors.

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Britain has 0.6 critical care beds per 10,000 population compared to 4.4 per 10,000 in the US.

"There are not enough beds and we regularly struggle to meet -demand," Dr Taylor said.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said the Government was doing all it could to ensure hospitals provided efficient surgical care.