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Can we afford to have our hospital buildings in a poor state of health?

Perhaps Lucy Carmichael did not choose her words as wisely as she might have done, when she wrote: 'Efficient healthcare delivery is the most pressing concern for NHS trusts and their preferred bidders. The creation of a healing environment and good urban design almost inevitably take second place.' One's first reaction is 'well, of course'. Imagine the uproar if the opposite applied, with doctors explaining that they weren't doing much to heal patients, but still their hospitals were ...

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