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Hospitals 'on brink of collapse'

Hospitals in England could be on the brink of collapse because of rising demand and the increasing complexity of patients' conditions, doctors warn.

The Royal College of Physicians' report said the number of beds had been cut by a third over the past 25 years, while at the same time emergency admissions had started rising and hospitals were seeing older patients with a wider variety of conditions.

The college said this process now meant urgent care was being compromised.

Dominic Hughes reports.

  • 13 Sep 2012