Flat Earth: Open-ended policy on hospital cuts

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The Independent Online
NOW here's a doctor to gladden the heart of Virginia Bottomley] Lutz Lehmann, 54, chief surgeon of Bretten Hospital near Karlsruhe, Germany, was midway through a hernia operation when he downed tools and went off to a meeting to discuss cutting the number of beds in the hospital. The patient stayed under anaesthesia and with his belly open for 75 minutes, while the really important matters in modern medicine went under the scalpel.