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J R Soc Med. 2006 February; 99(2): 54–55.
PMCID: PMC1360484

Super hospitals

Graham H Barker, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician

Neville Goodman (November 2005 JRSM1) bemoans the cancellation of a giant hospital amalgamation in the West Country after thousands of medical hours were wasted on the planning. This will teach him not to sit on too many committees. Who wants to be treated in a vast megolithic superhospital where nobody knows anyone? Who wants to work in some vast sprawling new hospital where nobody knows anyone? Small can often be beautiful where hospitals are concerned where patients and staff can be respected. Dr Goodman should put down his committee agenda, pick up his stethoscope and start enjoying medicine again.


1. Goodman N. Now do it our way. J R Soc Med 2005;98: 526. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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