Birmingham MP questions Minister over plans to cut 1,000 beds from Birmingham Hospitals

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Steve McCabe has questioned the Government over reports that Birmingham health bosses are considering limiting the time patients spend in urgent, short term care which would allow bosses to cut up to 1,000 beds from the city’s hospitals.


Speaking in the House of Commons, Steve McCabe asked the Minister: ”A Birmingham trust has recently announced that it will be possible to cut 1,000 beds across the city by setting a maximum stay of seven days for most patients.


“ Not surprisingly, this has caused some alarm. Are Ministers aware of that proposal? What guidance, if any, can they offer in regard to such proposals?”


Health Minister Daniel Poulter MP claimed to have no knowledge of the plans but promised to look into this issue further, he said: “As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, patients need to be treated according to clinical need, and bed stays should not be determined by anything other than that. So if what he describes is actually the case, it would be very disturbing. If he would like to raise the issue further with me, I would be happy to look into it for him.”

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