The department of health has warned that more hospitals across England will close in order to claw back NHS deficits.
“In some areas there are too many hospitals,” claimed a government spokesperson.
Ministers say that some patients will have to be treated at home. Smaller, local hospitals may close or lose services in favour of large, regional “super hospitals”.
In January this year, health secretary Patricia Hewitt said that “community facilities... must not be lost in response to short-term budgetary pressures”. Six months later this commitment seems to have evaporated into thin air.