Bed Shortage puts Patients at Risk

The shortage of beds in Swedish hospitals is a threat to patients’ safety, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare.

In different parts of the country hospitals have struggled to find a place for all those in need.  Sometimes staff has had to admit over 20 patients without actually having anywhere to put them, according to Swedish News Service Ekot.

Healthcare workers tell of having to move patients around, sometimes several times a night, in order to accommodate everyone. The situation has now reached the point where seriously ill patients may be at risk.

The reason behind this shortage is the trend over the last two decades to close down both wards and hospitals. As advances in medical research have cut down treatment times, it was believed that they would not be needed, according to Ekot.

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