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Nurses' leader says 'close failing hospitals'

17th June 2011

The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, has said that failing hospitals should be shut down.

He has called on the government to end the political taboo of hospital closures and to be prepared to shut down or merge those which are poorly-performing. Addressing a private meeting of the think-tank reform, the leader of the RCN, which represents 400,000 nurses, said that political self-interest was hampering progress in the NHS and that ministers should be prepared to make “brave” decisions.

 

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