Concerns at intensive care beds drop in Welsh NHS


The number of intensive care beds in Welsh hospitals has dropped over the last two years, according to figures released to BBC Wales' Dragon's Eye by the assembly government. There were 11 fewer across Wales, a drop of 6% since 2008.

Concerns are being raised that it will be difficult to increase the number again as health budgets are cut.

Experts say it could have implications in the event of another flu epidemic.

There is also a suggestion that it could undermine attempts to increase the number of organ donations by changing the law to an opt out system.

The Welsh Assembly Government said the NHS is able to increase critical care bed availablity when required. It said critical care capacity is being considered as part of the ongoing work to improve critical care services and the organ donation rate.

Brian Meechan reports.

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