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Sir: All over the country hospitals are trying to reduce the number of beds and to use those remaining more efficiently. Virginia Bottomley's prediction, reported in yesterday's Independent, that hospital beds will be reduced by 40 per cent by the year 2002 may be accurate, but I wonder if she has taken the following factors into account.

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