Failing hospitals should close, says nurses' union leader

Failing hospitals should be merged or closed if the NHS is to improve care and provide better value for money, the nurses’ union leader has said. Murray Wardrop, The Telegraph, June 17, 2011 Ministers must be “brave” and shut underperforming hospital which are a “drain on the system”, warns Peter Cater, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. He urged the Government to look beyond the short term political scars of closing debt-ridden hospitals and lead a “paradigm shift” required to save the NHS. ... Failing