Doctors: NHS hospital services must change

Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians has said that "hospital services must change."

It is clear that parts of the system must change to better meet patients' needs.

The NHS is struggling to cope with increasing pressures on acute services, patients with increasingly complex needs, and a breakdown of out-of-hours care.

Current services no longer meet the needs of patients; we are trying to fit around outdated systems. Patients' demands have changed and so our hospital services must change.

– Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians

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