Hospital Beds Per 1,000 Population (2017): 2.54
Nurse-To-Hospital-Bed Ratio (FTE) (2017): NA
Doctors Consultations (2017): NA
Hospital Average Length of Stay (All Causes) (2017): 6.8 Days
Computed Tomography Scanners (Per Million Population) (2017):
Magnetic Imaging Resonance Units (Per Million Population) (2017):
Mammographs (Per Million Population) (2017):
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD.Stat. Last accessed Oct. 15, 2019.
“Since the beginning of the NHS in 1948, there has been a decline in the number of hospitals across the United Kingdom as a whole. This is mainly due to two reasons: the shift of acute medical and surgical care from smaller hospitals to larger ones, in the interests of quality and safety; and the closure of long-stay hospitals for mental health and learning disabilities as those services are moved into the community. The latter is also the main reason for the decline in the total number of hospital beds, which is a trend throughout Europe (see Figure 4.2).
“In 2015 there were 155 acute NHS trusts and 56 mental health trusts in England, most of which consist of several hospital sites (NHS Confederation, 2015). Most are concentrated in urban areas. Although the total number of hospitals has declined, there is still a strong building programme. There is a nationwide focus on increasing the number of fit-for-purpose hospitals sited properly for optimal use, rather than attempting to update old buildings that may never be fit for purpose and may be sited in the wrong place for current and future needs.”
Source: Cylus J, Richardson E, Findley L, Longley M, O’Neill C, Steel D. United Kingdom: Health system review. Health Systems in Transition, 2015; 17(5): 1–125.
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