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Over-bedding or de-bunking
  1. Nick Harrop
  1. Correspondence to Nicholas Harrop, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, UK; mr.harrop{at}

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The paper by Harris and Sharma1 confirms what many emergency physicians think they know: no beds means no admissions. An automatic plea for more beds needs to be regarded sceptically.

The authors rightly conclude that ‘the availability of fully staffed beds is a major determinant of (emergency …

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