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MALONE SETS OUT FUTURE OF COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

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Community hospitals based on quality not institutions ...
Community hospitals based on quality not institutions

Gerald Malone, minister for health, speaking at the Royal Society of Medicine set out the government's vision on the future role of community hospitals.

Mr Malone said, 'It is too easy to focus on bricks and mortar, or bed counting - but our number one aim must be high quality patient care.

'Community hospitals have been at the heart of a process that is already promoting independence, by providing high quality services nearer home. Focused not on in-patient beds, but on providing the best services to meet people's needs.

'I am particularly pleased to see the role that fundholding has played as a mechanism for the development of practices and community hospitals, and as a spur to improved quality of care. Continuous quality improvement in small units is as achievable as anywhere else in the NHS.

'It is for the community hospital to demonstrate how innovative and effective it can be in meeting the needs of local people, in comparison with the other ways of delivering care. Fitting the role as 'cottage hospitals of the future' is a challenge to which they must rise.'

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